At least 60 people have been shot dead and dozens others wounded by gunmen in a village in the north-western Nigerian state of Sokoto.
The gunmen opened fire last morning when residents tried to stop them from leaving with a local businessman they had abducted.
Residents told the BBC that the victim had been buried and those wounded were receiving treatment in a hospital.
A police spokesperson in Sokoto state said that more security forces had been deployed to the area.
North-western Nigeria is the worst-hit region as the country grapples with armed criminal gangs frequently carrying out kidnappings for ransom.
A search is still under way for more than 300 schoolgirls abducted from a boarding school in neighbouring Zamfara state on Friday. END.