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97 held hostage on oil rigs fear for their lives

Dozens of British and American oil workers are being held hostage on four rigs off Nigeria’s coast by local colleagues in a bizarre drama which has been kept secret for 12 days, it emerged yesterday. Several captives have allegedly been put in containers and dangled by cranes over the sea and others threatened with death in an apparent attempt by striking Nigerian workers to intimidate managers. At least 35 Britons and 21 Americans are among the 97 expatriates trapped since a labour dispute flared into insurrection on April 19. Armed with axes and claiming to have explosives, the strikers have prevented boats docking and placed oil barrels on helipads to block helicopters, effectively turning the rigs into floating jails 25 miles from shore. Full Story

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