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Nigerian strikers threaten to kill British workers

NIGERIAN oilmen, staging a wildcat strike on four offshore rigs in the Niger Delta, have threatened to kill their British co-workers by blowing up one of the installations, it was claimed yesterday. The strikers have warned they are prepared to kill everyone on board the unidentified platform, which is owned by Transocean, the world’s biggest offshore drilling company, in retaliation against its decision to send bailiffs and armed guards out to the rigs with court orders to break the strike. A total of 35 British oil workers, the majority of whom are Scots who formerly worked in the North Sea, are among the 97 foreign nationals held prisoner on board the rigs for the past two weeks in an increasingly volatile dispute. Fears that the strike could explode into violence intensified yesterday, after one of the Scots being held hostage told his wife in a frantic midnight phone call that the strikers were laying plans to blow up the rig should the bailiffs arrive. Full Story

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