Four British missionaries were kidnapped in southern Nigeria last week, according to police.

A spokesman for the Delta state police force said authorities were attempting to rescue the four people who were taken by unidentified gunmen on 13th October, according to a report in The Guardian.

Those kidnapped had apparently been providing free medical services and engaging in religious activities in the region for the past decade.

Meanwhile, an Italian priest who had been kidnapped outside Benin City, in neighbouring Edo state, last Saturday was freed on Tuesday.

Fr Maurizio Pallù told Vatican Radio that while this, the second time he had been kidnapped in Nigeria, was harder than the first, he saw the "great miracles that the Lord did to keep us alive".