Nigeria police rescue five abductees after gun battle

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Chris Ewokor BBC News, Abuja

Police in Nigeria have rescued five of the 10 people kidnapped from a suburb of the capital, Abuja.

Gunmen attacked the area of Tungan Maje in the early hours of Thursday morning.

According to residents, the attackers started shooting sporadically as they came into the area.

The police say they responded swiftly to a distress call and engaged the attackers in a fierce gun battle. They then managed to rescue half of those who had been taken.

Police spokesman Mamza Anjuguri said the gunmen escaped through a nearby forest that is surrounded by rocky terrain and that security forces have been deployed to rescue the remaining victims.Article share tools