February 17th, 2013
08:09 AM ET

7 foreign citizens kidnapped in Nigeria

[Updated 9:03 a.m.] Seven people from other countries have been kidnapped in Jama'are, Nigeria, police said.

The kidnappings took place at offices of Setraco, an engineering  construction company, on Saturday night, police said.  There was no immediate word from the company.

A British citizen was among those taken, according to Nigerian police.  British authorities said they were "aware of reports" and were making inquiries.

Two Lebanese nationals were among those kidnapped, Lebanon's Minister of Foreign Affairs Adnan Mansour said Sunday.

[Posted 8:09 a.m.] At least two people from other countries have been kidnapped in Nigeria, their governments announced Sunday.

Italy's Foreign Ministry announced that an Italian citizen was kidnapped.  Greece's Foreign Ministry said a Greek citizen who works for construction company Setraco was kidnapped Saturday night.

Nigeria has been facing a rash of kidnappings blamed on criminal groups or the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

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  1. Hamsta

    Maybe we could rid the world of muslim terrorist if we treat them like we did asians and germans during and after WW2.

    February 17, 2013 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Trayneesha

      I think we should leave them alone.

      February 17, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Lol. Did that get rid of Germans and Asians? What nonsense.

      February 17, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. wartever

    Kidnapping has been shown to work in some cases, so they do it. They've seen fellow Muslims make millions of dollars from kidnapping and piracy and they want some money too. You visit a foreign country at your peril.

    February 17, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You're right; this happens in many countries in South America, also.

      February 17, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Okay, it didn't post; add "not usualy by Muslims" to my above comment

      February 17, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. wartever

    So a little boy thinks I'm gay and hates me. Time for your meds, little boy. I'm not gay.

    February 17, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |