One man killed, Lebanese construction worker kidnapped in Nigerian city

Kidnappings are rampant in Nigeria, where both locals and foreigners are targeted — mostly for ransom. (File photo: Reuters)
Updated 12 March 2019

One man killed, Lebanese construction worker kidnapped in Nigerian city

KANO: Gunmen in Nigeria abducted a Lebanese construction worker and killed another man in the northern city of Kano on Tuesday morning, a police official said.
The attack and abduction in the country’s second-biggest city comes amid higher than usual security as Nigeria is in the middle of an election season.
“A Lebanese attached to Triacta construction company was attacked,” said Haruna Abdullahi, a police spokesman.
The unidentified gunmen also shot one man, Alphonsus Ahmed, who died on his way to hospital, and another, Abdullahi Mohammed, was injured by a bullet, the spokesman said. He added that police were combing the area looking for the suspects.
A Triacta official declined to comment.
Kidnappings are rampant in Nigeria, where both locals and foreigners are targeted — mostly for ransom.
A sluggish economy means the average Nigerian is getting poorer while the national security infrastructure is crumbling.
Kano is the economic heart of northern Nigeria, where many foreigners live and work.
Nigeria is concluding its gubernatorial elections, held last Saturday, though results are yet to be announced. Last month, voters re-elected Muhammadu Buhari for a second term as president.
He campaigned on pledges to fight corruption and renew infrastructure as well as reviving the economy and quelling violence including a decade-old Islamist insurgency in the northeast.
During elections, the presence of security forces is often high.


In Bolivia desperate family leaves coffin in the street

Updated 04 July 2020

In Bolivia desperate family leaves coffin in the street

  • The Andean nation has reported 36,818 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,320 deaths

LA PAZ, Bolivia: The rising toll of COVID-19 deaths is overwhelming the Bolivian city of Cochabamba, where desperate relatives of one apparent victim of the new coronavirus left his coffin in the street for several hours on Saturday to protest difficulties in getting him buried.
Neighbor Remberto Arnez said the 62-year-old man had died on Sunday and his body had been in his home ever since, “but that’s risky because of the possible contagion.”
After a few hours, funeral workers showed up and took the coffin to a cemetery.
Police Col. Iván Rojas told a news conference that the city is collecting “about 17 bodies a day. This is collapsing the police personnel and funeral workers” in the city of some 630,000 people.
“The crematorium oven is small, that that is where the bodies are collecting,” said national Labor Minister Óscar Mercado, who told reporters that officials were preparing 250 new burial plots in the city’s main cemetery.
The Andean nation has reported 36,818 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,320 deaths.