Gunmen abduct Italian, Briton in north Nigeria

Police say gunmen have abducted two European contract workers in Nigeria's northwest where such kidnappings are rare.

The Kebbi state police chief said the gunmen kidnapped an Italian and a Briton who had been working for an construction company Thursday night in the state capital of Birnin-Kebbi.

Adamu Hassan said Saturday there had not been a request for ransom.

Kidnappings are unusual in Nigeria's northwest — far removed from the country's southern delta where oil worker abductions had been frequent until recently.

However, Birnin-Kebbi is about 165 miles (265 kilometers) from the capital of neighboring Niger, where two French hostages were kidnapped in January.