Rothwell man murdered in Nigeria

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A ROTHWELL man is among those ‘likely’ to have been murdered by a Nigerian Islamist militant group.

Brendan Vaughan, 55, was among a group of construction workers captured when their site was raided on February 16.

In a statement the grandfather-to-be’s family said: “ “The family is obviously shocked and saddened by recent events.

“Brendan, best described as a lovable rogue by everyone who knew him, lived his life to the full and on his own terms.

“He was a loved father, brother and fiance who was tragically killed on March 10th 2013.”

Mr Vaughan’s first grandchild, is due in May.

The statement added: “Brendan may be gone but will be never forgotten.”

Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Sunday that Mr Vaughan was “likely” to have been killed, along with six other foreigners.

Ansaru, a suspected off-shoot of the Boko Haram network, said it had carried out the attack in revenge for what it called atrocities by European nations against Islam.

An Italian, a Greek and four Lebanese workers were also seized in the raid on the Setraco construction site, in the northern state of Bauchi.

One security guard died during the assault.