Islamic Terrorist Kill Abducted German Engineer in Kano
Northern Nigeria's hopes for attracting investments are dwindling daily as a Nigeria official says a German engineer kidnapped in the northern city of Kano about five months ago has been killed in a failed rescue attempt.
The security official, who requested anonymity because authorities have not yet made an official announcement, said that the botched operation to free Edgar Fritz Raupach happened in the early hours of Thursday. Residents in the west of the city say they heard gunfire during the morning. Only last March, a British and and Italian engineer were murdered in another Northern Nigerian city. Chris McManus who was killed with fellow hostage Italian Franco Lamolinara were in Northern Nigeria on development related projects.
A group affiliated to al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, known as AQIM, had told a Mauritanian news portal that it was holding a German citizen captive after abducting him in Nigeria. There has been much tension political in Nigeria. Recently one failed Presidential candidate threatened that "by the grace of God the dog and baboon will all be soaked in blood" if the 2015 elections are rigged. As most foreign observers testified that the 2011 elections were free and fair, many see this as a threat by that candidate of more bloodshed if he does not win elections.