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Nigerian Militants Kidnap Nine Foreign Workers

Armed militants carried out a wave of attacks across Nigeria’s troubled Niger delta on Saturday, blowing up oil and gas pipelines and seizing nine foreign oil workers. In an e-mail to The Associated Press, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta claimed responsibility for the attacks and for kidnapping the oil workers from a boat belonging to U.S. oil service firm Wilbros. The militants said those abducted included three Americans. A Wilbros official confirmed the pre-dawn raid, saying more than 40 militants overpowered military guards on the boat near the oil port city of Warri. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to address the media. He said Wilbros was working on a contract with Royal Dutch Shell. Maj. Said Hammed,spokesman for a military task force charged with security in the Niger Delta, confirmed there was an attack on an oil company but gave no details. Full Story

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