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Nigeria: Why We Take Foreign Hostages - Ansaru
« on: April 26, 2013, 10:35:10 PM »
Abuja — Ansaru, a breakaway militant group from Boko Haram which kidnapped seven foreign construction workers in Bauch has explained why the group abduct foreign hostages, saying it was meant to send a message to the western powers on the kind of advice they give to Nigerian leaders.

A young member of the group who called himself Mujahi Abu Nasir while speaking on the group's activities also said their sympathizers are everywhere in Nigeria but that the group avoid the killing of fellow Nigerians.

Having split off from Boko Haram--the dominant Nigerian extremist group responsible for weekly shootings and bombings -- this new group, Ansaru, said it eschews the killing of fellow Nigerians.

The West, which has often regarded the Islamist uprising as a Nigerian domestic issue, has been explicitly put on notice by Ansaru, adding an international dynamic to a conflict that has already cost more than 3,000 lives.

Ansaru is believed to be responsible for the December kidnapping of a French engineer, who is still missing, and for the abduction of an Italian and a Briton, both construction workers, who were later killed by their captors as a rescue attempt began last year.

It is also likely that the group was involved in the February kidnapping of a French family on the Cameroon-Nigeria border. They were released on Friday, under conditions that are unclear, as well as the kidnapping of a German engineer in Kano killed during a rescue effort last year.

"Any white man who is working with them" -- meaning "Zionists," -- "we can kidnap them, everywhere," said Mujahid Abu Nasir.

He had slipped into Nigeria's capital, Abuja, with a bodyguard, travelling hundreds of miles from Ansaru's secret headquarters in the north.

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Nigeria: Why We Take Foreign Hostages - Ansaru
« on: April 26, 2013, 10:35:10 PM »


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