Dirco searches for answers around SA man's kidnapping in Nigeria

The group, employed by Australian mining giant Macman, were held up while in transit yesterday.

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JOHANNESBURG - The Department of International Relations and Corporation (Dirco) says it's still trying to establish who is behind the kidnapping of a South African man and four others in Nigeria.

The group, employed by Australian mining giant Macman, were held up while in transit yesterday in the country's south east.

The driver was shot dead and all five passengers were abducted.

The department's Nelson Kgwete says they are not revealing the identity of the South African at this stage, as they're still waiting for more information.

At the same time, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed that three of his compatriots, and a New Zealander, are among those seized.

Turnbull says the gunmen also shot dead one of the mining company's drivers during the attack near the capital of Cross River State, Calabar.

No ransom demand has been received.