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Al Qaeda claim responsibility for kidnap of foreign workers

Chukwuemeka Madu and Isaak Abrak

Published 18/02/2013 | 13:04

AN Islamist group linked to al Qaeda has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of seven foreigners during a night time raid in a remote northern Nigerian town at the weekend.

"(We) have the custody of seven persons, which include Lebanese and their European counterparts working with Setraco," read a statement from Ansaru, a group that has kidnapped other foreigners in Nigeria in the past.

Gunmen killed a security guard and abducted a Briton, an Italian, a Greek and four Lebanese workers after storming the housing compound of Lebanese construction firm Setraco in Jama'are in Bauchi state late on Saturday.

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