Nigerian police early Thursday said they are combing surrounding bushes for a gang of gunmen who killed two persons and abducted many others along the Lokoja-Abuja expressway in the country’s central region.

The incident on Wednesday had prompted mobile policemen to begin the search for the criminal gang with the aim of rescuing the victims, said William Aya, the spokesman for the police in the central state of Kogi neighboring Nigeria’s capital Abuja.

Aya said the number of kidnapped victims was unknown, as a lot of vehicles, including a commercial luxury bus, were involved in the incident along the expressway.

The gunmen struck twice at two different spots in that location, intercepting vehicles that were moving from Abuja to Lokoja, the capital of the north-central state of Kogi, said the police officer.

A local businessman and a commercial taxi driver were identified as the dead victims, according to local media.

An investigation into the incident is underway, said the police.

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