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Tension Over the Killing of 7 Foreign Hostages in Nigeria by Islamist Terror Group JAMBS | Video of Hostages Bodies Posted on YouTube

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The claim by a militant Islamic group, Jama’atu Ansarul Musilimina Fi Biladis Sudan otherwise known as JAMBS that it has killed seven kidnapped foreign construction workers kidnapped in Bauchi on 16th February is currently brewing some tension in the country. The hostage killings which appear to be the worst in decades targeting foreigners working in Nigeria, suggests a new level of danger for expatriate workers in Northern states.

The workers included three Lebanese, and a citizen each from Britain, Greece, Italy and the Philippines.

Agency reports quoting site monitoring service says the al Qaeda-linked group released screen shots of a video on YouTube purporting to show the dead hostages. One screenshot showed a man with gun standing above several prone figures lying on the ground, then close-ups of their faces lit up by a torch.

It carries the Arabic title, “The killing of the seven Christian hostages in Nigeria” although the religion of the deceased was not clear. A caption underneath the video says in Arabic and in English: “In the name of Allah Most Beneficent Most Merciful.”

The leader of JAMBS, Abu Usamatal Ansary, stated in a message posted in a Islamic website that the decision to execute the expatriates followed reported attempts by British and Nigerian Forces to storm the area where the hostages were being kept and release them, contrary to earlier warnings issued by the sect. He also stated that the hostages were killed because five jet bombers belonging to the British Government, soldiers and intelligent agents were sighted in Bauchi by journalists thereby giving the indication of an operation to free the hostages by force.

Meanwhile the British government denies the allegation claiming its planes spotted Nigeria were only engaging in transportation of Nigerian troops to Mali. According to Punch, they have however vowed to assist the Federal Government to bring to book the killers of the seven foreign workers which include a British citizen.

However, while the United Kingdom, Italy and Greece confirmed the killings on Sunday, the Federal Government is yet to comment or release a statement on the purported killings.

The Minister of Interior Abba Moro told the BBC yesterday that the reported killing remains unconfirmed. “As long as it (killing) remains unconfirmed, efforts will be made to ensure their rescue and security,” he said.

But friends of the British construction worker Brendan Vaughan who have apparently accepted his death  have been posting tributes to him on his Facebook page. His Thai girlfriend, Orasa Arpornkaew, wrote: ‘You’re always in my heart.’

We are so saddened by this news.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

30 Comments

  1. aprokocity

    March 12, 2013 at 6:57 am

    This is unfortunate…This trend is killing our image…aprokocity.com

  2. Flygirl

    March 12, 2013 at 7:12 am

    May u all die horrible deaths and end up in hell where u belong…

  3. Sexxie

    March 12, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Really sad! 🙁 May God deliver this nation and others in same situation, amen. The Minister is obviously in denial.

  4. Dexter

    March 12, 2013 at 7:35 am

    I think it’s time the Federal Government hit these guys very hard.Their activities are becoming more terrible and they are becoming more emboldened,they probably have the direct or indirect support of their Elite and locals of where their bases are located,if not they should have been exposed by those living around where they operate from.The govt should declare a state of emergency in one of such states and really focus on flushing them out before this thing takes an even more dangerous dimension.

  5. zzzzz

    March 12, 2013 at 7:40 am

    I just don’t know what kind of lilly livered government we have. This issue should be nipped in the bud before it gets out of hand

  6. Que

    March 12, 2013 at 7:52 am

    You kill and burn innocent people and you claim allah as most merciful and beneficient…isn’t that contradictory? Anyways….I am priviledged to worship the one and true God, Jehova Elohim. He is the only true and merciful God

  7. babe

    March 12, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Jonathan should wake up from his long sleep and act or simply resign

  8. tutu

    March 12, 2013 at 8:00 am

    wat has the northerners brought to us other than pain and embarasment,while other arears of the country are bringing good name to nigeria in the area of health,sports, science , all we get from there is politics politics and politics , now THIS cmon

  9. Abiola

    March 12, 2013 at 8:04 am

    This Means War * sign of cross*

  10. drt

    March 12, 2013 at 8:05 am

    @que May Allah forgive u.

    • abby

      March 12, 2013 at 11:17 am

      Don’t even let me start!!!!! DON’T! Did we not all read the same news just now?That is the only comment you saw.Mschewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

    • grGac

      March 12, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      Shut your mouth drt!

  11. Ken

    March 12, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Wake up Nigeria, this is getting out of hand

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  12. POSHILLA!!

    March 12, 2013 at 8:08 am

    INFACT DIS COUNTRY SHLD BE DIVIDED SO DAT THESE ‘mallams ‘can chop their TOMATOES N GROUNDNUTS MTCHEWWW!WICKED CHALATANTS! ONE TIN AM HAPPY ABOUT IS D FACT DAT THERE IS JUDGEMENT ,AS FOR OGA GEJ ABEG WAKE UP!!! NOW I MISS OBASANJO!

  13. biodun

    March 12, 2013 at 8:12 am

    nawaoo

  14. Teris

    March 12, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Oh for God’s sake!!

  15. Stella Kashmoney

    March 12, 2013 at 9:55 am

    What is going on with Nigeria. Nigerian pls wake up from this slumber.

  16. drt shutup!!

    March 12, 2013 at 10:31 am

    May God forgive u too.if you are in support of this BH activities….i wish u same fate as the innocent victims.nonsense.i hate all hausa people!- up fools.you are bringing shame to my beloved country…hw do u justify ur useless actions?

  17. Ngozi

    March 12, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Words fail me! R.I.P x

  18. Okechukwu Ofili

    March 12, 2013 at 10:58 am

    this is the problem: “The Minister of Interior Abba Moro told the BBC yesterday that the reported killing remains unconfirmed. “As long as it (killing) remains unconfirmed, efforts will be made to ensure their rescue and security,” he said.”

    Everyone has confirmed it, except Nigeria and na inside our country the killing happen.

    • Ngozika

      March 12, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      As in! The thing tire me

  19. ij

    March 12, 2013 at 11:06 am

    not to worry as always the Nigerian govt is on top of the situation , a committee will be formed to address the issue

  20. Okoh Paul

    March 12, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    God!we need ur intervengion to avoid state of arnachy and disunity.

  21. Deedee

    March 12, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Dividing the country ain’t the solution @Poshilla, just pray for peace and unity. The actions of a few evil-minded people should not lead to the generalization that Muslims are terrorists.Meanwhile GEJ has to wake up and do something about these evil acts.

    • Bleed blue

      March 12, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      “just pray for peace and unity”….and after that nko?

  22. toun

    March 12, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    What I know is that this world would be a better place without this so called muslims. They are all sooo heartless and blinded by that stupid thing they call religion

  23. Anne

    March 12, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    So there’s a Boko Haram and what JAMBs? Eish Nigeria!!! Been following the news here in London via BBC and you know how the Brits are when you touch one of them. It’s like Nigeria is worse than Osama’s home country. errrrmm Naija no dey carry last, anyone? 🙂

  24. konnie

    March 12, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    This is a direct result of the govt taking these idiots seriously. Hopefully they are now sitting up straight. Do your jobs dudes and cut this cancer out of naija

  25. whocares

    March 13, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    *sigh* ordinarily, one would want to ask what concerns Nigeria and Al Qaeda? How is Al Qaeda’s war with the west, a war that is predominantly political and no not religious become Nigerian terrorist’s business? if its not illiteracy and stupidity. Boko Haram, JAMBS.. we dont even know what they are fighting for and that’s what frustrates me. like everything else even in this mindless killing our terrorist cannot think for themselves and wage their own war on something beneficial to them.. is it today Christians have lived in Bauchi or any other Northern state? Im so angry i just want to bitch slap all these people! To top the whole disrespect up, they involve Allah! I am a Christian and I have read the Quran a LOT and I can tell you ” NO! ALLAH IS NOT INVOLVED!!” Not that ranting on BN makes any difference, but it makes me feel better 🙂

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