Briton kidnap fear in Nigeria

A British building worker is believed to have been kidnapped along with six international colleagues by Islamic extremists in Nigeria.

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Islamist group claim they kidnapped 7 people in Nigeria

The Islamist group Ansaru has claimed the kidnapping of seven foreigners, believed to include at least one Briton, in a deadly raid on a construction site in northern Nigeria, according to the Associated French Press.

In an email statement the group said it has "the custody of seven persons, which include Lebanese and their European counterparts working with Setraco."

Hague 'concerned' over reports Brit kidnapped in Nigeria

Foreign Secretary William Hague said he was "very concerned there has been another kidnap in northern Nigeria."

William Hague speaking to the media in Belgium today. Credit: Reuters

A British worker is believed to be among seven international workers who were kidnapped by Islamic extremists in Bauchi.

Mr Hague added that the Foreign Office was "in touch with Nigerian authorities."

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Foreigners increasingly targeted in north Nigeria

Nigeria's north has been under attack by the radical Islamic sect known as Boko Haram in the last 18 months and foreigners have become increasingly targeted as the violence has grown.

  • In May, gunmen in northern state Kaduna killed a Lebanese and Nigerian construction workers while kidnapping another Lebanese employee.
  • Later that month, kidnappers shot a German hostage during a rescue operation.
  • Authorities said gunmen linked to Boko Haram kidnapped an Italian and British man last year who were later killed during a rescue operation by Nigerian soldiers.
  • Chinese construction workers have also been killed by gunmen around Maiduguri, a north-eastern city in Nigeria.

The sect has been blamed for killing at least 729 people in 2012, according to an Associated Press count.

One Briton 'kidnapped in north Nigeria'

Gunmen attacked a camp for a construction company in north Nigeria, killing a guard and kidnapping seven foreign workers including one from Britain, authorities told the Associated Press.

The attack happened on Saturday night in Jama'are, Bauchi, a region under attack by Islamic extremists, where gunmen first targeted a local prison, burning two police trucks, Bauchi state police spokesman Hassan Muhammed said.

The gunmen then attacked a workers camp for construction company Setraco where they shot dead a guard before kidnapping one British, one Greek, one Italian and four Lebanese citizens.

Britain's Foreign Office said it was looking into reports that a UK national had been kidnapped in Bauchi state.

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