German Archaeologists Freed in Northern Nigeria After Kidnapping

Two Germans abducted in northern Nigeria have been released unharmed, according to police.

Kidnappers freed archaeologists Peter Breunig, a professor, and Johannes Behringer on Saturday evening near the city of Kaduna, Nigerian police said in a report on Sunday.

The archaeologists were working about 150 kilometers (93 miles) south of Kaduna, studying the ancient Nok culture, when they were attacked, police said. Two Nigerians who tried to defend them were shot dead.

Kidnappings are common in Nigeria. Most victims are freed within weeks after ransom is paid. It wasn’t clear if the Germans’ abductors demanded money.

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