KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's military says it didn't know a German hostage was inside of a house it raided in the country's Muslim north, an operation that saw the man killed.
The raid happened Thursday morning in the city of Kano. A statement from the military issued late Thursday said soldiers raided the house after receiving information that there was an "ongoing meeting of senior commanders of the terrorist element" there.
The military said it killed five suspected terrorists and later found the handcuffed dead body of Edgar Fritz Raupach.
Raupach, an engineer working for a construction company, was kidnapped in January. Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb later claimed it held him captive.