German hostage 'dies during rescue bid'

A German engineer kidnapped in the Nigerian city of Kano about five months ago has been killed in a failed rescue attempt, officials say.

The operation to free Edgar Fritz Raupach happened in early today.

A group affiliated to al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, known as AQIM, had said it was holding a German citizen captive after abducting him in Nigeria.

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