A British builder is believed to have been kidnapped along with six international colleagues in Nigeria, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said today.
Police in the west African country said seven foreigners working for Lebanese construction company Setraco were taken after the gang killed a guard at a site in Bauchi state in the north of the country late on Saturday.
The gunmen attacked a local prison, burning two police trucks, Bauchi state police said, before targeting a workers' camp for Setraco, which is building a road in the area.
An FCO spokeswoman said: "We are aware of reports that a number of foreign nationals, including a British national working for a construction company, were abducted on the evening of February 16 in Bauchi state.
"We are in contact with the Nigerian authorities."
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