Nigeria Islamists claim to kill seven

AFP-JIJI

Nigerian Islamist group Ansaru on Saturday claimed to have killed seven foreign hostages abducted from a construction site last month in the country’s restive north, the SITE Intelligence Group said, but there was no immediate confirmation from Nigerian authorities or the countries the hostages were said to be from.

According to SITE, “Al-Qabidun Ala al-Jamr (Grippers of Embers) Media Foundation, an affiliate of the Sinam al-Islam Network, issued the communique in Arabic and English on Saturday, and also provided screen grabs of a forthcoming video showing the dead hostages.

“In the communique, the group stated that the attempts by the British and Nigerian governments to rescue the hostages, and their alleged arrest and killing of people, forced it to carry out the execution,” SITE said.