KANO, Nigeria (AP) -- A Nigeria official says a German engineer kidnapped in the northern city of Kano about five months ago has been killed in a failed rescue attempt.
The security official, who requested anonymity because authorities have not yet made an official announcement, said that the botched operation to free Edgar Fritz Raupach happened in the early hours of Thursday.
A group affiliated to al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, known as AQIM, had told a Mauritanian news portal that it was holding a German citizen captive after abducting him in Nigeria.
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