Briton, Italian, Greek, 5 Lebanese kidnapped in Nigeria: official

BAUCHI. February 18. KAZINFORM Unknown gunmen kidnapped eight foreign workers from a Lebanese construction company in northeastern Nigeria and killed a guard on duty, local authorities said on Sunday.

Chairman of Jama'are Local Government Area in Bauchi State Adamu Aliyu told Xinhua on phone that the eight people kidnapped in the Setraco Construction Company are expatriates.

The state police earlier said seven foreign workers were kidnapped, without disclosing their identities.

Aliyu said the kidnapped workers include one from Britain, one from Greece, one from Italy and five from Lebanon. A woman and a girl are among the Lebanese kidnapees, according to Xinhua.

Aliyu said the attack took place at 2:15 a.m. local time on Sunday. Describing the incident as "very unfortunate," the official advised residents of the area to remain calm and cooperate with the security operatives in order to fish out the culprits.

Earlier in the day, State Commissioner of Police Mohammed Ladan told Xinhua that gunmen on Saturday night kidnapped seven workers of Setraco in the Jama'are area.

One security guard was killed in the assault on the company, according to the commissioner.

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