The seven construction workers abducted by Ansaru, a group believed to be a faction of the Boko Haram insurgent group on February 7 have been killed. The foreigners were seized at a construction site being operated by Setraco, a Lebanese company in Bauchi.
The group issued a statement to confirm the killing while screenshots of an armed man standing above the dead bodies was shown. The victims were 4 Lebanese workers, a Briton and a Greek man. The group stated that the hostages were executed because attempts were made by the British and Nigerian governments to rescue them.
“We announced the capture of seven Christian foreigners and warned that should there be any attempt by force to rescue them will render their lives in danger, the Nigeria and British government operations led to the death of all the seven Christian foreigners,” the group said in its statement.
It will be recalled that a March, 2012 attempt by a combined team of British Special Forces and Nigerian troops to rescue two kidnapped Europeans in Sokoto failed and the hostages ended up being killed.