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Italian engineer kidnapped in Nigeria, says foreign ministry

Officials say they are working with 'maximum restraint'

06 December, 13:42
Italian engineer kidnapped in Nigeria, says foreign ministry (ANSA) - Rome, December 6 - An Italian engineer working in Nigeria has been kidnapped, the foreign ministry said Friday.

Few details were available, but officials said they had opened all possible channels and were acting with "maximum restraint". Officials said they had also been in contact with the engineer's family.

Foreign workers have frequently been targeted for kidnapping in Nigeria by various armed groups there amid ethnic and political unrest.

In February, the fundamentalist Islamist group Ansaru claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of seven foreign workers, including Italian engineer Silvano Trevisan.

Ansaru is linked to Al Qaeda.

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