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Vol 54 No 6

Published 15th March 2013


Taking the hostage road

Kidnapping is on the increase as Nigeria’s two main Islamist terrorist groups follow different paths

Claims are bitterly disputed that seven hostages have been murdered by their jihadist captors in the north after a rescue attempt by Nigerian and British forces. Abuja and London are convinced the captors killed their hostages but deny any rescue bid. The kidnappers, from a Boko Haram splinter group called Ansaru, broadcast video of the bodies which could not be verified. The victims were expatriates working on the Kano-Maiduguri road and were seized in a raid on the town of Jama’are, in north-west Bauchi State.

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