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Old 2nd Nov 2006, 09:10
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Another kidnapping

American and Briton kidnapped in Nigeria
02/11/2006 - 08:03:17

Militants seized two expatriate oil workers – an American and a Briton - during a raid on a ship off Nigeria’s southern coast, an oil industry security official said today.

The armed gunmen raided the vessel off the coast of Bayelsa State and sped away in boats with the hostages, said the security official, who works for a large multinational oil company.

Few details were available and government officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

The security official said he believed the ship belonged to the Norwegian oil firm Petroleum Geoservices.

There was no claim of responsibility and it was not known who carried out the attack.


LAGOS, Nigeria (Reuters) -- A Briton and an American were kidnapped on Thursday from an oil-prospecting ship off the coast of Nigeria's southern state of Bayelsa, diplomatic and security sources said.

It was the latest in a wave of kidnappings and violence against foreigners in the oil-producing Niger Delta, which has forced hundreds of workers to pull out of the region and reduced Nigerian oil output by 500,000 barrels a day.

"Two expatriates, an American and a Briton, working for PGS have been kidnapped this morning on board MV Commander, one of the vessels at sea in Bayelsa," a security source said, asking not to be named.

Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) is a Norwegian-based oil service company specializing in seismic studies. The company's spokesman was not available for comment.

My thoughts are with the 2 people kidnapped and their families.
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