German hostage killed in failed rescue bid

Raufach Edgar, a German staff of Dantata and Sawoe, kidnapped in Kano in January has been killed in a failed rescue mission by Nigerian security agents, reports reaching us say.

Mr Edgar was reportedly killed on Thursday morning during a rescue by the Joint Task Force around the Danbare area opposite the new campus of Bayero University Kano.

Security sources say Mr Edgar was killed before security agents could infiltrate the property where he was held captive.

The German, an engineer,  was kidnapped in Kano on January 26 this year by men the authorities believe are members of the Boko Haram sect, working in conjunction with the Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

Both the police and the army in Kano said they will brief the press about the incident later in the day.

PREMIUM TIMES had reported that a terrorist organisation in Algeria donated N40 million to the Boko Haram sect and trained some of its members in kidnapping.

We also reported that they targeted expatriate staff of Julius Berger and Dantata and Sawoe.

AQIM, a terrorist organisation, claimed responsibility for the kidnap of Mr Edgar through a Mauritanian news agency in February.

In a video released by the group showing Mr Edgar  – with his hands chained behind him and surrounded by masked gun wielding militants – the terrorist group demanded to swap him for a jailed Muslim German lady.

The group also warned that a military rescue will result in Mr Edgar’s death.

Mr Edgar is the third foreigner to die in the hands of kidnappers in Nigeria’s troubled north.

In February, an Italian engineer, Franco Lamolinara, and his British colleague, Chris McManus, were killed in failed rescue mission by British and Nigerian forces in Sokoto.



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