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2006-08-15 16:14:04

By Austin Ekeinde PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (Reuters) - Two Norwegian and two Ukrainian oil workers being held hostage in Nigeria were freed on Tuesday as the government promised to crack down on a surge in unrest in Africa's largest oil producer. About 16 foreign oil workers have been kidnapped in five separate abductions in the past two weeks in the oil-producing Niger Delta. Nine have been released. "We are going to be firm and say no to violence and hostage-taking. Wherever we find...

2006-07-06 11:39:51

YENEGOA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigerian militants have abducted a Dutch oil worker in the southern delta state of Bayelsa, police said on Thursday. It is the latest in a string of kidnappings and assaults on foreign oil workers in the volatile Niger Delta, where militants fighting for control of the region's oil resources have warned oil workers to leave. "It happened this morning ... Two persons have been arrested in connection with the incident," Hafiz Ringim, Bayelsa state police...

2006-06-07 06:37:52

By Austin Ekeinde PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (Reuters) - Armed militants attacked a natural gas plant operated by Royal Dutch Shell in Nigeria's southern delta on Wednesday, killing at least four soldiers and kidnapping five South Korean contractors. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) claimed responsibility and said the Koreans would be freed in exchange for a jailed militia leader who is on trial for treason and was denied bail by a Nigerian court on Tuesday....

2006-05-12 02:51:43

By Austin Ekeinde PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (Reuters) - Three foreign oil workers, including an Italian, taken hostage in Nigeria's oil capital Port Harcourt were released on Friday after a day in captivity, police said. The employees of Italian oil contractor Saipem were abducted at gunpoint by members of a community where Saipem was working and which was in dispute with the company over compensation for environmental damage. "They have been released. The issues of disagreement must...

2006-05-10 10:30:09

By Austin Ekeinde PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (Reuters) - An executive of the U.S. oil service company Baker Hughes was killed in an apparently targeted attack in Nigeria's southeastern oil city of Port Harcourt on Wednesday, authorities said. It was not immediately clear if the attack was related to a five-month campaign by Niger Delta militants to cripple the oil industry in the world's eighth largest exporter, but a diplomat and an oil company source said they thought not. "The...

2006-03-27 08:32:09

By Segun Owen WARRI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigerian militants freed three foreign oil workers on Monday after five weeks in captivity and said their fighters would now focus on crippling oil exports from the world's eighth largest supplier. The three men, two Americans and one Briton, were handed to the governor of Nigeria's southern Delta state by an ethnic Ijaw leader who had been asked to negotiate with the militants. "(The three) are in very good health and high spirits," said...

2006-03-27 00:50:26

By Segun Owen WARRI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Three foreign oil workers, two Americans and a Briton, were freed on Monday by Nigerian militants who had held them hostage for five weeks, officials said. The release of the three, employees of U.S. oil services company Willbros, raised hopes for an end to three months of sabotage and kidnapping in the world's eighth largest oil exporting country that has cut shipments by a quarter. The three men were handed to the governor of Nigeria's...

2006-03-15 11:25:12

By Segun Owen WARRI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigerian militants said on Wednesday they had separated three foreign oil workers in their captivity for strategic reasons, but did not intend to kill them. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta has been holding two Americans and one Briton for almost a month since they were abducted from an oil industry barge in the mangrove-lined creeks of the Niger Delta. The kidnapping was one of a series of militant attacks in the world's...

2006-03-10 10:51:25

By Tume Ahemba LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigerian security forces carried out political murders and other extra-judicial killings in 2005 and used excessive force in their actions against criminals or protesters, the U.S. Department of State said in a report. Six years after military dictatorship ended and a civilian government took office, troops and police in Africa's most populous country committed other serious human rights abuses including torture and unlawful detention, the report...

2006-03-09 12:32:55

By Tom Ashby LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigerian militants killed four soldiers and one policeman in an unsuccessful attempt to capture a fuel tanker in the southern delta, military officials said on Thursday. The militants, who are holding three foreign hostages, said they killed seven soldiers in a 45-minute firefight with troops on Wednesday evening, but a Navy spokesman said only four soldiers and one policeman died. "There was an attempt by militants to seize the tanker and there was...


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This word comes the Latin 'lambere,' to lick.
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