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Nigeria: one Lebanese and 3 Italians kidnapped

from FPF-fwd.: The Tide - Nigeria -

An unconfirmed report said three security men were killed and several others wounded when they tried to challenge the militants. The Tide sources also indicated that the militants extended their unholy act to the houses of some prominent citizens of the area by setting them ablaze.

Militants kidnap four expatriates, torch houses in Bayelsa

by Fyneface Aaron - Friday, Dec 8, 2006

Nigeria - The Tide* - Four expatriates working at the Nigeria Agip Oil Company terminal at Okpama, Brass Local Government Area in Bayelsa State, have been taken hostage by a militant group.

The expatriates, three Italians and one Lebanese, were abducted at the early hours of yesterday morning, when the militants, said to have come from a neighbouring state, attacked the terminal from different directions.

The Tide gathered that the militants launched attacks on the terminal from different directions, and succeeded in their mission after overpowering the combined military joint task force attached to the oil terminal.

An unconfirmed report said three security men were killed and several others wounded when they tried to challenge the militants.

The Tide sources also indicated that the militants extended their unholy act to the houses of some prominent citizens of the area by setting them ablaze.

Reacting to the incident, the Bayelsa State Government condemned the attacks by militants saying the hoodlums were from undisclosed neighbouring state.

A statement from the Chief Press Secretary to Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Conrad Ekiyor Welson, confirmed the attack on the Brass terminal of Agip Oil Company, adding that government was concerned about the situation and is doing everything possible to bring it under control.

The government enjoined the oil company not to do anything that will jeopardise investigations of the security agents as they were already working on the situation.

FYNEFACE AARON

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FPF: Italy's diplomatic staff in Nigeria is working on it. - Port Harcourt is the largest city in the Niger River delta and hosts the offices of leading oil companies operating in Nigeria, including 'Royal' Dutch Shell and Italy's Agip.

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