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ExxonMobil says one killed in attack in Nigeria

Thu 4 Dec 2008, 14:47 GMT
LAGOS, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Gunmen attacked a convoy belonging to the Nigerian unit of U.S. oil firm ExxonMobil in the southern Nigerian state of Akwa Ibom on Wednesday, killing one person, the company said on Thursday.

Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) said the convoy had come under attack while travelling between the town of Eket and the Qua Iboe oil terminal in the restive Niger Delta.

“The victim is not an MPN employee and his identity cannot be ascertained at this time,” the statement said.

An eyewitness said the attack appeared to have been a bungled kidnap attempt on MPN staff.

(For full Reuters Africa coverage and to have your say on the top issues, visit: http://africa.reuters.com/ ) (Reporting by Nick Tattersall, Editing by Mark Trevelyan)

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