Bloomberg Anywhere Remote Login Bloomberg Terminal Demo Request


Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.


Financial Products

Enterprise Products


Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000


Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

German Engineer Abducted in Northern Nigeria, Police Say

A German engineer was abducted in Nigeria’s northern city of Kano today by unknown attackers, police said, less than a week after coordinated bomb and gun attacks in the city killed as many as 256 people.

The German employee of Dantata & Sawoe Construction Co., a Nigerian company, was handcuffed and placed in the trunk of the attacker’s car, Musa Majiya, a police spokesman in the city said by phone, without saying how the police obtained the information.

Calls made by Bloomberg to the phone numbers posted on the company’s website didn’t go through.

The Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which draws its inspiration from Afghanistan’s Taliban movement, is responsible for a surge in violence in the mainly Muslim north of Nigeria, Africa’s largest oil producer.

The group, whose name means “Western education is a sin” in the Hausa language, claimed responsibility for the Kano attacks on Jan. 20 that killed at least 256 people, according to Nigeria’s Civil Rights Congress. Police in the city put the official death toll at 184.

Unknown gunmen had kidnapped in May two foreigners, a British citizen and an Italian, in the northern town of Birnin Kebbi, the capital of Kebbi state. In August, the French news agency Agence France-Presse said it received a video claiming that the two hostages were kidnapped by al-Qaeda. The U.K. High Commission said then that it was checking whether the video is authentic.

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.