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Gunmen Killed Man, Abducted a Lebanese Construction Worker in Nigeria

Gunmen Killed Man, Abducted a Lebanese Construction Worker in Nigeria

Tuesday, 12 March, 2019 - 13:00
Asharq Al-Awsat
Gunmen in Nigeria abducted a Lebanese construction worker and killed another man in the northern city of Kano on Tuesday morning, a police official said, Reuters reported.

"A Lebanese attached to Triacta construction company was attacked," said Haruna Abdullahi, a police spokesman.

The unidentified gunmen also shot one man, Alphonsus Ahmed, who died on his way to hospital, and another, Abdullahi Mohammed, was injured by a bullet, the spokesman said.
A Triacta official declined to comment.

Kidnappings are rampant in Nigeria, where both locals and foreigners are targeted -- mostly for ransom.

According to Reuters, Kano is the economic heart of northern Nigeria, where many foreigners live and work.

Nigeria is concluding its gubernatorial elections, held last Saturday, though results are yet to be announced. Last month, voters re-elected Muhammadu Buhari for a second term as president.

He campaigned on pledges to fight corruption and renew infrastructure as well as reviving the economy and quelling violence including a decade-old Islamist insurgency in the northeast, Reuters added.

During elections, the presence of security forces is often high.

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