Gunmen Kill Chinese Worker in Northern Nigeria
[An Nahar] Gunmen have rubbed out a Chinese national who was working as a chef for a construction company in Nigeria's troubled northeast, a company official said Monday.
Borno state, where the attack occurred on Sunday, has been hit hard by the radical Islamist group Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
but the shooting in the town of Gubio may have been motivated by robbery.
"One of our Chinese workers, a cook, was killed by some gunnies who stormed the livestock section of the market where he had gone to buy a lamb in the company of two local staff," said Albert Audu, of the China Geo-Engineering Corporation (CGC).
Audu added that a livestock vendor in the market was also rubbed out and that the alleged gunnies ran off with some cash. He identified the Chinese victim as 43-year-old Cheng Jingli.
Officials from the Chinese embassy in Nigeria could not immediately be reached for comment.
CGC is working on a road project in Gubio, roughly 80 kilometres (50 miles) from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state and considered the base of the Boko Haram Islamists who are blamed for killing more than 1,400 people in Nigeria since 2010.
Imitators and criminal gangs including thieves are also believed to have carried out violence under the guise of the group. Boko Haram itself is also suspected of committed robberies, especially of banks, to finance their operations.
A military front man said he was yet to be informed of the attack.
Posted by: Fred