Kid­napped Ger­mans freed in Nige­ria

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

KADUNA, Nige­ria — Nige­rian se­cu­rity agents have freed two Ger­man ar­chae­ol­o­gists kid­napped by gun­men at a re­mote dig, the gov­er­nor of north­ern Kaduna state said Sun­day.

The two aca­demics were taken to the Ger­man Em­bassy in Abuja and were do­ing well con­sid­er­ing the cir­cum­stances, ac­cord­ing to the Ger­man For­eign Min­istry.

Gov. Nasir Ah­mad El-Ru­fai “com­mended the se­cu­rity agen­cies for their ef­forts in se­cur­ing the re­lease of the Ger­mans,” said a state­ment. It did not say whether any­one has been ar­rested in the kid­nap­ping.

Gun­men had been de­mand­ing a ran­som of about $200,000 for the re­lease of pro­fes­sor Peter Bre­unig and his as­sis­tant, Jo­hannes Behringer. The two were ab­ducted at gun­point Wed­nes­day and walked into the bush from an ar­chae­o­log­i­cal dig near Jen­jela vil­lage in Kaduna state. Two vil­lagers who tried to help the Ger­mans were shot and killed by the kid­nap­pers, po­lice said.

Bre­unig, 65, and Behringer, in his 20s, are part of a four-per­son team from Frank­furt’s Goethe Univer­sity. The other two mem­bers, both women, were not touched by the kid­nap­pers. The Ger­mans were col­lab­o­rat­ing with Nige­ria’s Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Mu­seum and Mon­u­ments to re­cover relics of the Nok cul­ture.

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