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BBC News: British man snatched in Nigeria

10 August 2007
 
A British oil worker has been kidnapped by gunmen in Nigeria, the Foreign Office has confirmed.

The man was snatched from his car in the southern city of Port Harcourt on Friday morning.

About 200 foreigners – some 20 of them British – have been seized in the oil-rich Niger Delta already this year.

Another British oil worker and a Bulgarian colleague were released on Wednesday, almost a month after they were kidnapped.

They were abducted as three-year-old Margaret Hill, the daughter of British national Mike Hill, was released after being held by gunmen in Nigeria for three days.

Increasingly lawless

A spokesman said: “We can confirm that a British national was abducted in Port Harcourt in the early hours of this morning, at about 6.45am. His next of kin have been informed, and we are not releasing any more details at this stage.

“We are in touch with his company and his family, and the High Commission in Abuja are pushing for a swift and peaceful resolution to the situation.

“Unfortunately, these things happen quite often in Nigeria so there is a well-established set of procedures we are following.”

Margaret Hill’s kidnapping was the first of a foreign child in the increasingly lawless oil region of Africa’s biggest petroleum producer.

Kidnappings in the region have generally involved foreign, male workers of international companies presumed to have the resources for ransom payments.

The unrest has cut Nigeria’s usual daily oil output of 2.5 million barrels a day by about 25%.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6940267.stm

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