Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.

 

Frenchman's captors 'Qaeda-linked'

21 December 2012, 14:03

Paris - Gunmen who abducted a Frenchman in northern Nigeria probably have links to al-Qaeda's north African group or to Islamist groups in northern Mali, French President Francois Hollande said on Friday.

"He was captured by a heavily armed group which killed two Nigerians and is probably linked to Aqim [al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb] or the groups which are today in Mali," he told a French radio station.

"We have to be firm when it comes to terrorism while at the same time maintaining contacts to free" French nationals, he told Europe 1 radio.

On Thursday, a group of about 30 gunmen stormed a residence in the northern Nigerian state of Katsina where expatriate workers were staying. They kidnapped a French engineer, killing a security guard and a neighbour.

His employer, French company Vergnet said the man was a contractor working for the firm, which specialises in alternative energy and has a wind power project in Katsina.

Islamists of the Boko Haram group are fighting to create an Islamic state in Nigeria's mainly Muslim north, though Katsina has been spared its attacks.

Katsina state has a border with Niger and to the west of Niger lies northern Mali, where a group of hardline Islamists seized control earlier this year.

Aqim, which is also active in the region, is holding several French hostages snatched in this part of Africa.Paris - Gunmen who abducted a Frenchman in northern Nigeria probably have links to al-Qaeda's north African group or to Islamist groups in northern Mali, French President Francois Hollande said on Friday.

"He was captured by a heavily armed group which killed two Nigerians and is probably linked to Aqim [al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb] or the groups which are today in Mali," he told a French radio station.

"We have to be firm when it comes to terrorism while at the same time maintaining contacts to free" French nationals, he told Europe 1 radio.

On Thursday, a group of about 30 gunmen stormed a residence in the northern Nigerian state of Katsina where expatriate workers were staying. They kidnapped a French engineer, killing a security guard and a neighbour.

His employer, French company Vergnet said the man was a contractor working for the firm, which specialises in alternative energy and has a wind power project in Katsina.

Islamists of the Boko Haram group are fighting to create an Islamic state in Nigeria's mainly Muslim north, though Katsina has been spared its attacks.

Katsina state has a border with Niger and to the west of Niger lies northern Mali, where a group of hardline Islamists seized control earlier this year.

Aqim, which is also active in the region, is holding several French hostages snatched in this part of Africa.

- SAPA

NEXT ON NEWS24 NIGERIAX

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Justice Nwafor
'Pray for Imo State' Okorocha cha...

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has charged religious leaders in the state to pray for the continuous survival of the state in the face of the many challenges facing her. Read more...

South-Western Fighters may arise!

South-Western Fighters (SWF) may arise!, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Martin Beck Nworah
Judging George

I pledge to uphold the tenets of fairness, natural justice and equity in this matter and if anyone tries to interfere, I'll pass a summary judgment immediately, writes Martin Beck Nworah. Read more...

Submitted by
Peregrino Brimah
Advising the Nigerian Army not to...

This is a strong note of advise, short of a warning, to the Nigerian army to refrain from perpetrating any massacre on communities in the Niger Delta. Read more...

Submitted by
Peregrino Brimah
As we wait for Buhari's response ...

Join me in saying a prayer that when Buhari wakes up today or tomorrow, he responds to the horrific act of carnage to our farmers and directs Buratai to direct Arase to go and get the culprits, says Peregrino Brimah. Read more...

Submitted by
WaterAid Nigeria
Menstrual Hygiene Day 2016

Let’s start the conversation on why menstruation matters, says WaterAid Nigeria. Read more...