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British national released following kidnap at gun-point in Nigeria

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A British national kidnapped by gunmen in Nigeria has been released, the British High Commission have confirmed.

The man was attacked upon his arrival in the country in his four-wheel drive, after leaving Nigeria's Lagos airport international terminal on 16 July.

A statement from the British High Commission said: “We can confirm the release of a British national today in Nigeria, following his abduction on 16 July.” It gave no further details.

The man's Nigerian driver was shot in the hand by gunmen during the incident, Reuters reported.

Kidnappings of foreigners and Nigerians who are believed to be wealthy are becoming increasingly. Ransoms are often demanded in exchange for their return.

It is not known if a ransom was paid to secure the man's release.