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Financial Times: Nigerian gunmen kidnap oil workers

By Matthew Green
Published: October 27 2007 03:00 | Last updated: October 27 2007 03:00

Gunmen in speedboats yesterday kidnapped six oil workers from an Italian vessel off the Nigerian coast, the second such attack in a week.

The attackers boarded the production facility owned by Eni, the Italian energy company, and seized the hostages, who were from Nigeria, Poland and the Philippines. The raid follows an assault on a Royal Dutch Shell oil facility last Saturday – seven hostages were taken and released two days later.

The attacks undermine a truce observed by militants in the Niger Delta since President Umaru Yar’Adua took office in May.

Matthew Green, Lagos

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