WARRI – The police in Nigeria are investigating the kidnapping of four British missionaries. On Thursday, they arrested two people who are suspected of involvement while another person was killed in a shoot-out at their hideout.
The Britons, who are part of a Christian medical charity that provides free healthcare in villages in Delta state, in Nigerian’s oil rich south, were abducted on October 13.
On Monday the foreign ministry in London announced that three of the hostages were released and had returned home safely, but no further details were given.
The spokesperson of the Delta state police, Andrew Aniamaka, said on Thursday that two of the suspects were arrested in the oil hub of Warri on Wednesday. After questioning, the suspect led police officers to their hideout, which is about 40km to the North in the town of Sapele.
“At Sapele, the team had tried to arrest a third suspect who immediately brought out a Beretta (pistol) in an attempt to shoot at the peratives,” Aniamaka said. “This led to a shoot-out which resulted in the death of the suspect while others fled the scene.” He added.
Two of the officers on the scene were shot and injured and were said to be in a stable condition in hospital. This account was corroborated by a source at Nigeria’s intelligence agency.