Boko Haram Kills Lebanese Construction Worker in Nigeria
Lebanese construction worker Ahmed al-Sareji has been killed at the hands of the extremist Boko Haram group, his brother said on Thursday.
Al-Sareji, who was born in 1965 in Haret Saida, had been abducted by the Islamist group around a week ago.
Mohammed al-Sareji, the man's brother, told the National News Agency that "machetes" were used in the murder and that he has communicated with the Lebanese consulate in Nigeria to unveil the incident's circumstances.
Tuesday's attack had left another person dead when four gunmen stormed a road construction site in the city of Kano.
"There was a kidnapping incident at Dangi Roundabout this morning and the victim is a Lebanese engineer," Kano state police spokesman Abdullahi Haruna told AFP on Tuesday.
"One person was killed and another injured in the attack," said Haruna. The victim was at the site without any assigned security, he added.
Witnesses said a Nigerian construction worker was killed and another injured, after they tried to prevent the gunmen from entering the site.
Kidnapping for ransom is widespread in the oil-rich southern delta region of Nigeria, where criminal gangs seize expatriate oil workers and wealthy Nigerians in exchange for hefty payments.
The gangs often roam on motorcycles and are known to operate in northern Kaduna and neighboring Zamfara states.
Abductees are often released within days if the ransom is paid but residents say they can be killed if no money is forthcoming.