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[Published: Friday July 25 2008]

Nigerian militants kidnap oil workers

Abuja, 26 July-(ANA)-Nigerian militants have kidnapped eight foreignoil workers after attacking a petroleum tanker on the Bonny river, south of thecountry.

Two people were shot and injured while eight oil workers, believed toinclude a number of Russians, were kidnapped.

More than 200 foreign oil workers have been kidnapped in the Niger Deltaover the past two years but often released after payment of ransom.

It is believed the tanker belonged to Global Gas and Refining Ltd, aNigerian subsidiary of US-based Global Energy Inc, which has been stationedalong the Bonny river for more than two years.

Lt Col Sagir Musa, military spokesman in the eastern Niger Delta, said:"Around six heavily armed bandits attacked an LPG (liquefied petroleumgas) tanker, shot two civilians and abducted eight of the expatriates, whoseidentity is not yet ascertained."

Lt Col Musa said no group had claimed responsibility, but the motive wasbelieved to be financial.

Late on Thursday, 12 people were kidnapped from a boat near the Niger Delta.Seven of them were later freed but five people remain captive.(ANA)

FA/ANA/26 July 2008---

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