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SKorean company: Armed group kidnapped 12 of its workers at Nigeria construction site

SKorean company: Armed group kidnapped 12 of its workers at Nigeria construction site

An unidentified armed group kidnapped 12 workers _ eight Filipinos, three South Koreans and a Nigerian _ at a South Korean company's power plant construction site in Nigeria on Thursday, the company said.
The armed group broke into accommodation facilities and drove the abductees away in a stolen vehicle at 2 a.m. (0100 GMT) on Thursday from Afam power station, about 30 kilometers (20 miles) northeast of Port Harcourt, Nigeria's southern oil hub, said a statement from Daewoo Engineering and Construction Co.
South Korea's Foreign Ministry confirmed the kidnapping, and said it was unclear what the captors were demanding. The gunmen had not yet presented demands, a Daewoo official said.
Gunshots were fired during a 30-minute assault, the Daewoo official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. He said no information was available on the safety of the abductees.
South Korea's Ambassador to Nigeria Lee Ki-dong said he presumed that the three South Koreans captives did not suffer any injury, though there was not any contact with them, Yonhap news agency said.
Calls to the Korean Embassy went unanswered.
The Foreign Ministry said a meeting of related ministries was under way in the presidential office on measures to secure the release of abductees.
The firm released the identities of the three South Korean victims, ages 50-53, but gave no details on the others.
Nigeria is Africa's leading oil exporter and the United States' fifth-largest supplier, usually exporting 2.5 million barrels daily.
Unrest has plagued Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta region for years, and in recent months armed militants have stepped up a campaign against the oil industry, blowing up oil pipelines and kidnapping foreign workers. Most captives are released unharmed.
Thursday's kidnappings were the latest involving South Korean workers in Nigeria. In January, nine Daewoo employees were released after being kidnapped by an armed group. Last June, three Daewoo employees and two others were freed after a day in captivity.