ABUJA, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Four kidnapped American and Canadian nationals were rescued by the local police in Nigeria's northwestern state of Kaduna early Saturday, authorities said.
The victims, two Americans and two Canadians, have been handed over to the American Embassy in Abuja for Medical attention and other immediate needs, said Abba Kyari, head of a special anti-kidnapping police team.
Kyari said two suspected kidnappers have been arrested and effort was underway to arrest the other members of the gang.
The victims were ambushed last Wednesday by unknown gunmen around Kagarko on their way from the city of Kaduna to the capital Abuja.
The two policemen escorting them were killed by the kidnappers in a gun battle.
The Abuja-Kaduna road has long been a haunt for kidnappers. Last February, two Germans were abducted in the region but were later freed.