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Ansaru sect claims responsibility for abduction of expatriates in Nigeria’s …

| February 23, 2013 More

Xinhua | 2013-2-19 8:17:25
By Agencies

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Nigeria’s militant Ansaru sect on Monday claimed responsibility for the abduction of seven expatriates working with the Lebanese Setraco construction firm in northeastern state of Bauchi on Sunday.

In an electronic message to journalists, the Ansaru sect said its members captured seven foreign workers of the construction company in a raid that saw a local security guard killed.

“We have in our custody seven persons, which include Lebanese and their European counterparts, working with construction firm Setraco,” the sect said.

A Briton, a Greek, an Italian and four Lebanese were among seven people kidnapped by gunmen very early on Sunday. A woman and a girl were among the Lebanese kidnapees, local police reported.

Although it only emerged in June last year when it made a declaration in a video message recorded by its members, the Ansaru militant group is believed to have a link with the Islamic Boko Haram sect operating mainly in the northern and central parts of Nigeria.

The sect claimed its first responsibility for an attack in November 2012 after a police detention facility in Abuja, capital of the west African country, was hit by unknown gunmen.

In January, the group also claimed responsibility for an attack on a convoy of Nigerian troops en route to deployment in Mali. It claimed its leader is Abu Usmatul al-Ansari, a name which is yet to ring a bell in Nigeria.

Both foreigners and high-profile Nigerians are being targeted by assailants in the west African country, who in most cases seek ransom in exchange for release of their captives.

One of the local victims was Titilayo, wife of Gen. Oluwole Rotimi. She was abducted on Dec. 10, 2012 by unknown gunmen, before regaining freedom from her captors several days later.

Kidnapping, gunmen attacks and suicide bombing have frequently hit the headlines in Africa’s most populous country since the Boko Haram militant sect launched an insurgency in the northern city of Maiduguri in 2009.

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