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Scottish Oil Worker And Three Others Kidnapped in Armed Raid On Oil Rig in Nigeria

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Gunman kidnapped three oil workers from Canada, Scotland and Nigeria at a rig in Nigeria’s Delta region on Saturday, officials said – the second abduction in the area in less than a week.

The attackers raided the rig owned by Niger Delta Petroleum Resources in Ogbele, Rivers State at around 8 a.m. (0700 GMT), the spokesman for the area’s military operations, Major Ibrahim Abubakar, said.

Troops were searching surrounding swamps, he added. State police said they had stepped up security on an east-west road where armed men had attacked civilians in recent weeks.

The Niger Delta produces the bulk of Nigeria’s crude. It has been plagued by criminal gangs and by armed groups demanding a greater share of oil revenues for the region.

A Canadian citizen has been kidnapped in Nigeria, Global Affairs Canada confirmed:

“Consular officials are in contact with local authorities to gather additional information,” the agency said in a statement on Sunday evening.

Niger Delta Petroleum Resources, the company that owns the rig, did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

The Niger Delta produces the bulk of Nigeria’s crude. It has been plagued by criminal gangs and by armed groups demanding a greater share of oil revenues for the region.

On Thursday last week Oil and Gas People reported that, two Royal Dutch Shell oil workers were kidnapped and their police escorts killed in Rivers State while returning from a trip.

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