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AFX Europe (Focus): Five Shell contractors killed in Nigeria’s delta region

LAGOS (AFX) – Five Nigerian oil workers were killed by unidentified gunmen in the country’s oil-rich but restive Niger Delta region, police and industry sources said yesterday.

The incident occurred on Thursday in the Egbema area of Rivers State in southern Nigeria when the men, working as contractors to Anglo-Dutch oil giant Royal Dutch Shell, were killed during an ambush on their way to work, an oil company executive who requested anonymity told Agence France-Presse.

He said the motives of the killings were unknown as no group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

A senior officer in the Rivers State police command confirmed the incident, but refused to give details.

“Some Nigerians working as contractors to Shell were killed by an unknown gang at Egbema area of the state. We are still investigating,” he said.

The killings followed the abduction of three Filipino oil and gas workers in Port Harcourt on Friday and a German national on Thursday by yet unidentified gangs.

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