A German engineer abducted in Nigeria was killed as authorities were trying to rescue him, it was reported.
Edgar Fritz Raupach was captured around four months ago near the northern city of Kano by militants claiming they were a part of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the group’s North Africa branch.
A Nigerian task force “raided an enclave near Bayero University … [in] Kano … where the terrorists senior commanders were meeting,” a statement from local officials said, according to The Nation newspaper.
When security forces were spotted by the militants, “the terrorist elements opened fire and threw improvised explosive devises [at] the security forces,” the statement reads. “The security forces responded immediately resulting in a gun duel that lasted for about thirty minutes.”
Security forces then killed four militants and found the body of Raupach, who was handcuffed and “was apparently killed by the terrorists on noticing the security forces.”
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in March said it was holding the man and it wanted to do a swap with Nigerian officials for the jailed wife of a militant.
“I beg my government to save my life,” Raupach said several months ago in a video recorded by the terrorist organization, according to AFP. “My life is in your hands now, I beg you, or these people will kill me here.”