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Gunmen abduct Lebanese man in north Nigeria

Monday - 12/23/2013, 4:10pm  ET

KANO, Nigeria (AP) -- Police say gunmen have abducted a Lebanese businessman in the north of Nigeria, where people often are kidnapped for ransom.

A spokesman said Hassan Zein was seized Monday by armed men who stormed the compound of the M.C. Plastic Co. factory in Nigeria's second city of Kano.

Assistant superintendent Musa Magaji Majiya said the unidentified attackers have not yet made a ransom demand.

Such kidnappings have become common across Nigeria. Almost all hostages are left unharmed and released once a ransom is paid.

Newspapers recently have reported on cases of disgruntled Nigerian wives and other family members pretending to be kidnapped to extort money from a husband or other relative.

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