Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Four South Korean & Two Nigerians oil workers kidnapped

Four expatriates and two Nigerians working for the South Korean construction firm Hyundai Heavy Industries Limited were kidnapped in southern Nigeria, police said. “Some armed men went to a Korean company, Hyundai, located in a forest by the Atlantic Ocean beach, and kidnapped four expatriates and two Nigerians,” police spokesman Fidelis Odunna said.
Gangs have frequently abducted expatriates working in the oil-producing Niger Delta in ransom kidnappings, but Nigerians from wealthy families have increasingly become their targets in recent years.
Hyundai Heavy in Seoul confirmed the kidnappings, but said one of the Nigerians had apparently been released.
“The foreign ministry and the South Korean embassy in Nigeria are operating an emergency task force led by the ambassador,” the company said in a statement. “Related government agencies have held emergency meetings and are keeping in close contact with the Nigerian police authorities and the foreign ministry to ensure the safety and early release of the abductees,” it said.

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