10 kidnapped victims rescued in southwest Nigeria

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ABUJA, NIGERIA - MAY 22: A Nigerian Police officer standing guard during a demonstration (Photo by Nacer Talel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: A Nigerian Police officer standing guard. (Photo by Nacer Talel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Nigerian police on Saturday confirmed 10 people kidnapped by an armed group in the country’s southwestern state of Ondo were rescued during a gun duel with kidnappers.

The kidnapped victims were rescued during a gun duel with the gunmen, while four of the kidnappers have been arrested, said Tee-Leo Ikoro, the state police spokesperson in a short message.

Ikoro added that efforts were ongoing to rescue the remaining victims, who were abducted on the busy Akure/Owo road in the state.

According to reports by local media, sixteen market women were abducted on Friday when a group of gunmen struck on the busy road connecting Akure, the Ondo state capital.

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