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Gunmen attack ships at Nigeria oil loading platform

Reuters Africa
Sun Jan 18, 2009 12:37pm GMT
LAGOS (Reuters) – Gunmen attacked several oil services vessels at Nigeria’s Bonny crude oil loading platform late on Saturday, opening fire and abducting several crew members, a security source working in the industry said.


The source said gunmen opened fire on an oil tanker at the facility but were unable to board the vessel. They then attacked a tugboat and two service boats, one of which was later found drifting with its crew apparently abducted.

The Bonny crude oil loading platform is operated by SPDC, a joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell and the state-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), but none of the vessels were believed to be owned by Shell. and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

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