Police in northern Nigeria say gunmen have kidnapped seven foreign workers – with British citizens among them.
The attack happened at a construction company in Bauchi state overnight Saturday.
Local government chairman Adamu Aliyu said that those kidnapped were from Britain, Italy, Greece and Lebanon.
Police spokesman Hassan Muhammed told The Associated Press that the attack first targeted a prison in the area.
Muhammed said the attackers then went to the construction company Septraco, where they killed a guard and kidnapped the foreign workers.
Nigeria’s predominantly Muslim north has been under attack by the radical Islamic sect known as Boko Haram in the last year and a half.
The country’s weak central government has been unable to stop the group’s bloody guerrilla campaign of shootings and bombings.