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5 October 2006

FEARS grew last night for four British oil workers kidnapped in Nigeria after a deadly attack on their living quarters.

They were among seven people working for oil firms seized at gunpoint in the Niger Delta a day after rebels freed 25 Nigerians captured 24 hours earlier.

Among those forced from their beds after a firefight which left two security guards dead was crane maintainer Paul Smith of Peterhead, near Aberdeen.

The father-of-two was one of three British staff of Aberdeen-based Sparrows taken. His dad John said: “This is our worst nightmare.” Others abducted were from Romania, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Rebels last night said they had killed nine Nigerian soldiers and seized two military boats near a Royal Dutch Shell pumping station. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta also warned oil firms to evacuate their staff. and its sister non-profit websites,,,,,, and are owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia feature.

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