At least 15 people have been shot dead and dozens others wounded by gun wielding bandits in a village in the state of Sokoto, north-western Nigeria.
The gunmen opened fire on Monday morning when residents tried to stop them from leaving with a local businessman they had abducted.
Residents reported that the victims 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.
The authorities say progress is being made in negotiating for their release.