Po­lice res­cue 15 kid­napped Nige­rian oil work­ers

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WARRI — Po­lice res­cued 14 kid­napped Nige­rian oil work­ers and their driver af­ter a gun bat­tle that wounded sev­eral of their ab­duc­tors in the oil-rich Niger Delta, a spokesper­son said on Sun­day. Gun­men ab­ducted the em­ploy­ees of oil in­dus­try ser­vice com­pany Nestoil on Septem­ber 2 near the south­ern oil cap­i­tal, Port Har­court. Po­lice Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent Nnamdi Omoni said po­lice acted on in­tel­li­gence to at­tack the kid­nap­pers “den” in an op­er­a­tion that be­gan on Satur­day and ended on Sun­day evening. The kid­nap­pers es­caped and none were ar­rested al­though sev­eral were wounded by po­lice gun­fire, Omoni said. One of the kid­nap vic­tims was in a state of shock and was taken to a hospi­tal for treat­ment, Omoni said. The kid­nap­pers had de­manded a ran­som of 100 mil­lion naira, which is about $322 600. It was un­clear if any money was paid. Kid­nap­pings of Nige­ri­ans and for­eign­ers are com­mon all over this West African coun­try. In the south­ern Niger Delta, kid­nap­pings are car­ried out by com­mon crim­i­nals as well as mil­i­tants de­mand­ing a greater share of oil riches for lo­cals res­i­dents. Hostages are usu­ally re­leased un­harmed af­ter ran­som pay­ments are made. — AFP

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