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Suspected kidnappers of rescued American arrested

By Chris Ewokor


The authorities in Nigeria say they have arrested two suspected members of a transnational kidnap syndicate linked to the abduction of an American citizen in October.

Philippe Nathan Walton, an American citizen, was taken captive in his farm in Masalata village, in neighbouring Niger but was rescued by US Special Forces a few days later.

Nigeria’s police spokesperson Frank Mbah said the arrested suspects belong to a 15-man kidnap gang comprised of Nigerians and Nigeriens.

He said that the gang was plotting other abductions to avenge the death of its members.

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