A  German engineer with  Dantata and Sawoe construction company has been killed by suspected islamist militants in the city of Kano during an attempted rescue by Nigeria security officials.

Edgar Fritz Raupach was kidnapped in January by a group claiming affiliation with Al Qeada had remained in captivity until a botched raid earlier today led to his killing in a suburb near the Bayero University in Kano.

A similar attempt to rescue two Europeans last March in Sokoto led to their untimely death in the hands of their captors.

Nigeria's extremist militant  group Boko Haram has repeatedly denied engaging in kidnapping.

However a group claiming affiliation to Al Qeada in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) released a video in March claiming Mr. Raupach was kidnapped in exchange for the release of Filiz Gelowicz a Turkish -born woman who was jailed last year in Germany for aiding terrorism.

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