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Nine Oil Workers Kidnapped in Nigeria

Feb 21, 20061 min
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

A Nigerian group has claimed responsibility for an attack on an oil facility in the Niger delta on Saturday and the kidnapping of nine workers there, CNN reports.

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta said the kidnappings were “impromptu and directly related to attacks on Ijaw communities in Delta state by the Nigerian Military,” according to an e-mail attained by CNN.

Three Americans, two Thais, one Briton and a Filipino were abducted, CNN reports.

The group has claimed responsibility for a number of attacks on oil pipelines and kidnappings in the name of fighting foreign control over oil interests in Nigeria’s southern region, according to CNN.

The nine people who were abducted were employed by Willbros, an international oil services firm. 

The group allegedly overpowered Nigerian soldiers in order to kidnap the workers, CNN reports.

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Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.

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