Nigerian separatist militants stormed a tanker ship working in the Niger Delta and took a large sum of cash, 12 days after they kidnapped nine foreign oil workers from another vessel. The boarding of the kerosene tanker, which was working on the Escravos River in an area controlled by heavily armed ethnic Ijaw guerrilla fighters, came as Nigerian officials attempted to negotiate the safe release of the hostages. “The tanker was intercepted by a patrol and set on its way. No one was hurt or kidnapped,” said a spokesman for the rebel group, in a message sent from an email address previously used to distribute photographs of the kidnapped oilmen. Full Story
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