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Nigeria: 5 kidnapped in offshore oil rig attack

Nigeria: 5 kidnapped in offshore oil rig attack

An oil company working in Nigeria's restive and oil-rich southern delta says five of its employees have been kidnapped and two others wounded during an attack on an offshore oil rig.
In a statement released Monday, London-based Afren PLC says the two wounded employees were "evacuated by helicopter to a shore-based clinic." Afren says the attack occurred on a rig that recently arrived off the coast of Akwa Ibom state.
The company offered no other details. It is unknown if the employees were locals or foreign.
Militants in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta began a campaign of kidnapping and pipeline bombings in 2006, upset over pollution and the region's endemic poverty despite 50 years of oil production. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.


Updated : 2021-10-24 02:10 GMT+08:00