Gunmen abduct German professor and his associate; kill 2 Nigerians
A German archaeologist, Prof. Peter Breunij, and his associate Johannes Buringer have been abducted by yet to be identified gunmen at Jenjela, Kaduna State. The suspected kidnappers killed two Nigerians who attempted to thwart the abduction.
The professor is the head of a four-man team from the University of Frankfurt, Germany working in Nigeria in collaboration with the National Commission for Museums and Monuments and other institutions on the relics of the Nok culture in Nigeria.
The two ladies who are members of the team were however not taken by the abductors. A witness said the incident happened when they had resumed for work at a site at Jenjela village and had started working when five gunmen appeared from the bush.
The Kaduna State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Usman Aliyu confirmed the incident, saying the German professor and his team had been working on the site for the past 10 years and that a team of policemen from the special forces, the anti-cattle rustling squad and others had started a rescue mission.