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Nigerian Gunmen Seize 7 Foreigners

| February 18, 2013 More

The attack on Saturday night happened in Jama’are, a town in a rural portion of Bauchi State. The gunmen first attacked a local prison, burning two police trucks, said Hassan Muhammed, a Bauchi State police spokesman.

The gunmen then attacked a workers’ camp set up by a Lebanese construction company that is building a road in the area, Mr. Muhammed said. The gunmen killed a guard at the camp before kidnapping the foreign workers, he said.

Adamu Aliyu, the chairman of the local government district that includes Jama’are, said the gunmen seized three Lebanese workers and a Briton, a Greek, a Filipino and an Italian. He said one of the hostages was a woman.

The Italian news agency ANSA later said the authorities had confirmed that an Italian had been kidnapped in the attack. Greece also confirmed that one of its citizens had been abducted.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the abductions, though Nigeria’s predominantly Muslim north has been under attack by the radical Islamic sect known as Boko Haram in the past year and a half.

Category: Bauchi State News

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