Gunmen kidnap seven foreigners in north Nigeria

February 17, 2013 14:46

BAUCHI, Nigeria - Gunmen kidnapped seven foreigners and killed a security guard when they stormed the compound of Lebanese construction company Setraco in northern Nigeria's Bauchi state early on Sunday, the police said.

Among those abducted were a Briton, an Italian, a Greek and more than one Lebanese worker, including two women, local government chairman Adamu Aliyu and security sources said.

Northern Nigeria is plagued by attacks and kidnappings by Islamist groups. Al-Qaida aligned group Ansaru claimed the kidnap in December of a French national who is still missing.

Bauchi Police Chief Mohammed Ladan said the gunmen attacked a police station and a prison overnight before storming the construction firm's compound in Jama'are town.

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