Gunmen seized two foreigners in Nigeria's oil-producing region and shot dead one soldier during the abduction, officials said, in the latest hostage-taking to hit Africa's largest petroleum producer.
The abduction in the oil centre of Port Harcourt also left one soldier injured, with a militant also wounded in the gunbattle, military spokesman Maj Sagir Musa said. He had no details on the foreigners' nationalities or employers.
Late Wednesday, six foreigners kidnapped in a nightclub raid were released after the government paid a ransom, an official said on Thursday.
The captured foreigners are usually released unharmed, but without much detail about who took them or how their release was secured.
Emmanuel Okah, a spokesman for the governor of Rivers state, said the local government paid a ransom to free the six men released Wednesday.
The group included an American boat captain, along with two hostages from Britain and one each from Poland, Ireland and Germany, the government said.
"Naturally the government spent money to ensure they were procured but I cannot say exactly how much went to who," Okah said. "More often than not (kidnappers) demand a ransom."
Rivers state government spokesman Magnus Abe said he did not have information on who was responsible for the kidnapping.
An unidentified group of armed men snatched the six 10 days ago from a nightclub in the center Nigeria's oil hub of Port Harcourt. The kidnappers arrived shooting into the air and sent scores of people rushing for cover.