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Lebanese national kidnapped in Benin City

10 July 2013, 07:20

Lagos - Gunmen have kidnapped a Lebanese national from a construction site in Edo State, where abductions for ransom occur frequently, authorities said on Tuesday.

The assailants kidnapped the employee with Lebanese-owned Setraco Nigeria Limited construction company in Benin City in the southern state of Edo on Monday, police spokesman Moses Eguavoen told AFP.

"The incident happened yesterday at about 10:00 am, and the police have commenced investigation," said Eguavoen.

He said he could not confirm initial reports that at least one soldier guarding the workers had been wounded or killed. A military spokesman in Edo state could not be reached.

A Setraco spokesman identified the victim as Sani Youssef and said he was not aware of a ransom being demanded.

It was unclear who was behind the attack.

In February, two Lebanese were abducted along with two Syrians, a Greek, an Italian and a Briton from another Setraco site in the northern Nigerian state of Bauchi.

Islamist extremist group Ansaru later posted a video and a statement online announcing the hostages had been killed.



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