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Nigerian police arrest four after Britons kidnapped

Nigerian police arrest four after Britons kidnapped

Four British nationals involved in missionary activities have been kidnapped in Enukorowa community in Burutu local government of Delta state.

The abductors have not been arrested and Delta state police spokesman Andrew Animaka confirmed that there is still no update on the whereabouts of the abducted Britons. An Italian priest was kidnapped October 12, though Italy's foreign minister said Wednesday he has since been freed.

Aniamaka said the four had been providing medical aid in the country and that police were attempting to rescue them.

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He added "The victims are mainly of British nationality, two of whom are a couple, and have been rendering humanitarian services in the area for a while".

Aniamaka said he believed the militant group that conducted the abduction were called the Karowei and that no ransom demand had yet been made.

"There is a high threat of criminal kidnap in the Niger Delta region and Kogi state".

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The BBC reported that local police believed the missionaries had been living in the community for up to 10 years.

Unlike Boko Haram, the Islamic militant group that operates in north-east Nigeria, such kidnappings are usually carried out for ransom and are resolved relatively quickly.

Kidnapping for ransom has always been a common problem in parts of Nigeria.

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Travellers to Nigeria are now warned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to avoid all travel to riverine areas of Delta state, and all but essential travel to non-riverine areas.