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US oil workers, Nigerian troops killed in pirate attack

Nigerian river pirates killed five people, including two US oilmen, in an attack on workers inspecting abandoned wells in southern Nigeria’s strife-torn Niger Delta, company officials said. A gunbattle erupted on Friday when unidentified gunmen ambushed a naval patrol escorting a team working for US oil giant ChevronTexaco on the Benin River, west of the oil city of Warri, a Delta State government spokesman said. “The information that we have now is that five people died, two expatriates, two naval personnel and a Nigerian,” said Deji Haastrup, a spokesman in Lagos for the US major’s Nigerian subsidiary, Chevron Nigeria Ltd (CNL). Two more Nigerians, a navy trooper and an oil worker, are missing, he said. Full Story

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