Extremists claim Nigeria abductions

Last updated 02:42 19/02/2013

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A shadow Islamic extremist group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of seven foreign workers in northern Nigeria.

In a statement on Monday, the group that calls itself Ansaru claimed the kidnapping of the one British citizen, one Greek, one Italian, three Lebanese and one Filipino on Saturday night.

Ansaru also threatened that Nigerian and European authorities shouldn't "act contrary to our conditions." The short statement offered no conditions, suggesting ransom demands would follow.

The kidnapping happened in Jama'are, a town about 200 kilometers north of Bauchi, the capital of Bauchi state.

Nigeria's predominantly Muslim north has been under attack by the radical Islamic sect known as Boko Haram over the last two years. Ansaru is a new group that recently sprung up in the region.

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