Gunmen Kidnap 7 Foreigners in Nigeria
Overnight attack blamed on Boko Haram
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 17, 2013 5:50 AM CST
This file image from Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2012, shows the leader of Boko Haram, Imam Abubakar Shekau.   (AP Photo, FIle)

(Newser) – Gunmen attacked a camp for a construction company in rural northern Nigeria, killing a guard and kidnapping seven foreign workers from Britain, Greece, Italy, and Lebanon, authorities said today, in the biggest kidnapping yet in a region under attack by Islamic extremists Boko Haram. The overnight attack happened in Jama're, a town in a rural portion of Bauchi state. There, the gunmen first attacked a local prison, burning two police trucks, Bauchi state police spokesman Hassan Muhammed said.

The gunmen then targeted a worker's camp for a construction company called Setraco, which is in the area building a road, Muhammed said. The gunmen shot dead a guard at the camp before kidnapping the foreign workers. Britain's Foreign Office said today it was looking into reports that a UK national had been kidnapped. Nigeria's predominantly Muslim north has been under attack by the radical Islamic sect known as Boko Haram in the last year and a half. The sect is blamed for killing at least 729 people in 2012 alone, according to an AP count.

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Boon
Feb 17, 2013 11:50 AM CST
Rammrodd: in every "country" in Africa ? Why put the word country in parenthesis? Yes, Africa is made up of nation countries and some of these are larger than some European countries. And it is not true that " every country " in Africa was safer and better off under imperialist, colonial rule.This ridiculous proposition seems to suggest that Africans were safer, happy and content with being coercively occupied and colonised by Europeans while they ( Africans) remained under a constant military threat that backed and enforced the colonisation. Your post's assertion is false,erroneous and ignorant to say the least.....take it from someone who lived under colonialism.
trebor171
Feb 17, 2013 10:30 AM CST
I try to be tolerate of other people, to try and understand their culture and their religion, because I really believe the world should live together in harmony, but since we can't; I VOTE TO CUT THE FREAKING HEAD OFF EVERY MUSLIM MALE IN AFRICA.
Corsica
Feb 17, 2013 9:40 AM CST
But wait a minute. Isn't Nigeria an oil producing nation? Doesn't Nigeria have people capable enough to build their own roads that they have to have a foreign company and foreign workers do it? It says a lot about these black African countries. And Islamic extremists, gee what a surprise!