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Seven Foreign Oil Workers Kidnapped in Nigeria

Seven foreign oil workers including one Briton and at least one Australian have been kidnapped in Nigeria by militants demanding a ransom, diplomats and security sources said on Friday. The incident was the fourth kidnapping of oil workers this month in the southern Niger delta, an oil-rich region whose impoverished inhabitants have increasingly turned to violence to resolve their grievances. “Seven expatriates were kidnapped,” said a security source in Nigeria, adding that they had been abducted in the city of Warri. Other hostages were Colombian and Russian, the sources said. The youths are demanding a ransom of 10 million naira, or $72,000, said one of the sources. Full Story

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