New Islamic group, Ansaru, claims responsibility for kidnap of seven foreign workers

The group had claimed responsibility for previous attacks in Northern Nigeria.

A group known as Jama’atu Ansarul Musilimina Fi Biladis Sudan, popularly referred to Ansaru, has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s kidnap of seven foreign workers in Jama’are Town of Bauchi State

In a statement made available to journalists on Monday, the group said “By Allah’s grace, we have the custody of seven persons, which include Lebanese and their European counterparts working with Setraco,”.

They said the men were kidnapped because of the “transgressions done to the religion of Allah by European nations in many places such as Afghanistan and Mali.”

Gunmen in the early hours of Sunday stormed a compound housing Setraco expatriate staff in Jama’are where they killed a security guard and abducted one Briton, an Italian, a Greek and four Lebanese workers.

The Ansaru, helpers in Arabic, group emerged in June last year; and in a video message posted to Youtube by their leader, Abu Usamatul Ansar, pledged to defend the interest of Islam and Muslims in Africa.

They had already claimed responsibility for the November 2012 attack on the office of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS Abuja where one person was reportedly killed and several prisoners freed.

The group also claimed responsibility for the bomb explosion that claimed the lives of two Mali bound soldiers on January 19, 2013 at Itape, Ekehi Local Government Area of Kogi State.


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  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    when will buhari stop this madness.

    • Strata

      Why not go after him if you are certain. You guys at the Aso office have all the state powers..

      • Dan maikoko

        Forget it, the guys at aso have no powers at all. For the first time in world history a president is so weak that a nonentity with no army or police who is a retired general sleeping in his home has become a terror to an executive president who spposedely commands “in-chief” (whatever that means!) the NIGERIAN ARMY, THE SSS AND THE POLICE.. From where in the annals of Nigerian history did anybody near as weak as this man ever become our president? If you dont get it GEJ no longer send condolence for the dead or succour to the injured. Nigerians have been left to their own devices while a “certified nincompoop” empties our treasury!

      • Easy

        Shagari’s regime (1979-1983), investigated the US$2.8 billion that disappeared from the Midland Bank, London account of the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation, (NNPC), during General Obasanjo’s era as military head of state just before Shagari’s era. Dr. Olusola Saraki, Turaki of Ilorin, headed the Senate Committee set up to trace the stolen money. The money was traced to the Midland Bank London branch fixed account of Buhari who was the head of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company at the time of the theft. The Committee’s report was presented to the Senate during the tail end of Shagari’s regime in 1983, so the House decided to deal with the matter soon after the 1983 general elections. Unfortunately the elections were marred by massive rigging and consequent violence. This provided a cover for Buhari as the matter was dropped. It is probably why he has become a strong advocate of violence and Presidential contestant since.

    • Bashd

      Aso rock or villa commentator you know where Buhari is na go and ask him… You bitch ass that hide behind the walls of presidential villa and write bullshit stupid clown!

  • Amos

    If you believe this new group crap, you’ll believe anything. The same group of people are roaming about in the North, killing people for fun in the name of Allah. They are using different names to suit their purpose.

  • Anthony

    Fools and cawards, u all are going to hell. You can’t fight for religion, let religion fight for you. I believe these guyss are those sudannese or chadians even te Nigerians who come in thru our borders. You and your families will see no peace even above you are praying for.

  • tualey

    Let not Nigerians be fooled! These people are the same Boko haram members, they are just disguising in order to fool the Nigerian govt since they had opted for peace and dialogue. all these mad people calling themselves names are the same people. this is just to tell you that you dont negotiate with terrorists. The best thing for this country is just to break up and everybody part ways. we are just too tired of these illiterate and foolish Northerners who continue to cause havoc and give us bad names. We southerners are just too tired of you, dogs. why is a single Northerner not asking for a break up or sovereign National conference? its because of this our oil, they know what will befall them if we break up. but if it was in the North that the oil was found, trust me, the the stupid fulanis would have broken up from Nigeria since independent. if they have the gut, let Buhari, atiku, IBB, and all other lazy and stupid emirs call for A sovereign National conference, stupid abokis.