Ansaru is a breakaway militant group from Boko Haram which kidnapped seven foreign construction workers in Bauch. 2012 thirty Ansaru gunmen attacked the residence of, and kidnapped a French wind engineer, saying the attack was motivated by France’s ban on the full face veil as well as its support for military action in Mali. 2012 also claimed responsibility for a raid on a police station in the Nigerian capital in which it says it released hundreds of prisoners.
Video: 2013 JAMBS released a video to prove that seven construction workers abducted in Bauchi had been assassinated by the group. The group accompanied the above video video with a statement claiming that the British and the Nigerian government had tried to rescue the hostages. The British government denies the allegation claiming its planes spotted Nigeria were only engaging in transportation of Nigerian troops to Mali. Seven foreign construction workers from the UK, Lebanon, Greece and Italy were kidnapped on February 16th 2013 from a construction site in Bauchi state.