MOST foreign investors in Nigeria have reckoned that the profits outweigh the risks and the hassle. But a spate of kidnappings, on top of an Islamist insurgency that refuses to die down, may make them think twice before venturing into the country’s northern reaches. On February 16th an Islamist group calling itself Ansaru nabbed seven foreign construction workers from their compound in the state of Bauchi. Three days later another gang of Islamist militants suspected of hailing from Nigeria’s north-eastern state of Borno abducted a French family of seven across the border in northern Cameroon. Ansaru said that European countries have committed “transgressions and atrocities against the religion of Allah” in such places as Afghanistan and Mali.
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