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Slaughtered: Nigerian terrorists ‘kill seven hostages, including one Briton …

| March 9, 2013 More

An Islamic extremist group said today it has killed seven foreigners – one of whom is believed to be British – who were kidnapped from northern Nigeria.

In an online message, identified as coming from Ansaru, the group included photographs claiming to show the dead, who were kidnapped from a construction company compound in February.

Those kidnapped included three Lebanese citizens and one each from Britain, Greece, Italy and the Philippines – all employees of Setraco, a Lebanese construction company with an operation in Bauchi state, local officials said at the time.

Ansaru was behind the kidnap of British construction worker Christopher McManus, 28, who they ­executed 11 months ago.

Tragedy: Christopher McManus was executed

 

The message, posted to an Islamic extremist website today, said Ansaru members killed the hostages after British warplanes were reported to have been seen in the northern Nigeria city of Bauchi by local journalists.

“As a result of this operation, the seven hostages were killed,” the group said in the statement. It said a video of the killings would be posted online. An online image accompanying the posting appeared to show a gunmen standing over bodies.

The group said a message from Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan that said the government would do anything in its power to free the hostages also sparked the group’s decision to kill the hostages.

Ansaru previously issued a short statement in which it said its fighters kidnapped the foreigners on February 16 from a construction company’s camp at Jama’are, a town about 125 miles north of Bauchi, the capital of Bauchi state.

The attack saw gunmen first assault a local prison and burn police trucks, authorities said. Then the attackers blew up a back fence at the construction company’s compound and took over, killing a guard in the process, witnesses and police said.

The gunmen appeared to be organised and knew who they wanted to target, leaving the Nigerian household staff members at the residence unharmed, while the foreigners were quickly abducted, a witness said.

In January 2013, Ansaru declared itself a splinter group independent from Boko Haram, the north’s main terrorist group, analysts say. Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is sacrilege,” has launched a guerrilla campaign of bombings and shootings across Nigeria’s predominantly Muslim north. Boko Haram is blamed for at least 792 killings last year alone, according to an AP count.

On Saturday, a military spokesman said at least two soldiers and 52 Boko Haram fighters were killed in Maiduguri in fighting after a visit by the president.

Category: Bauchi State News

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