Security - Seven workers of a road construction firm, SETRACO, has been abducted by gunmen in Jama'are in Nigeria's northern Bauchi state, according to local media reports on Sunday.
The reports quoted state police commissioner Mohammed Ladan as saying the gunmen had earlier attacked a police station and a prison in the state, but were repelled by the police.
He did not disclose the nationalities of the abducted workers or the motive for the abduction.
Last December, four staffers of the company, including three Lebanese and one Nigerian, were also kidnapped in the oil-rich Delta state by unknown gunmen who later demanded a huge sum of money in ransom.
Kidnapping for ransom is rampant in southern Nigeria but rare in the north, which is however the hotbed of the violent Islamic sect Boko Haram.
It is not yet known if the sect has any hand in the latest kidnapping.