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2008-06-19 12:00:20

An attack Thursday by a militant group on an offshore oil facility in Nigeria has resulted in the site being shut down, Shell Oil Co. officials said. Credit for the attack on the Bonga oil facility, which produces nearly 200,000 barrels of crude oil each day, was claimed by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, CNN reported. A Shell spokesman said while the militants were unable to board the oil platform, they did attack a nearby related vessel. The militant group also...

2006-09-03 03:04:41

By Estelle Shirbon OPOROZA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Masked rebels from Nigeria's oil producing Niger Delta vowed revenge against the government and oil companies during the weekend funerals in remote mangrove forests of nine militants killed by troops. Near Oporoza, a village of thatched wooden huts accessible only by boat through a maze of creeks, a dozen gunmen in black balaclavas watched from their speedboats while three white coffins were buried in a freshly cleared patch of jungle....

2006-08-15 04:45:51

By Tom Ashby ABUJA (Reuters) - The United States embassy in Nigeria said on Tuesday that it had received reports that an American citizen was among oil workers kidnapped in the southern oil city of Port Harcourt. At least five foreign workers -- two Britons, a German, an Irish and Polish -- were snatched by armed men from the Goodfellas nightclub shortly before midnight on Sunday, but authorities still do not have a full list of those abducted. Diplomats said the American may have...

2006-08-14 14:31:27

PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (Reuters) - Two oil worker hostages, a Moroccan and a Belgian, were released on Monday after a week in captivity, a witness said on Monday. The two were kidnapped by armed men in Nigeria's southern delta on Thursday, part of a string of such abductions. The wave of kidnappings coincides with an upsurge in militant attacks against the oil industry which has cut oil production by 25 percent in the world's eighth largest exporter since February.

2006-06-08 10:47:27

SEOUL (Reuters) - Five South Korean workers who had been kidnapped by militants in Nigeria are being released after a militant group promised to free them, a South Korean firm said on Friday. "Negotiations with the militant groups were successful and all of the five workers are about to return," a spokesman for Daewoo Engineering and Construction Co. said by telephone. Three of the kidnapped South Koreans work for Daewoo while the other two are with Korea Gas Corp..

2006-06-08 10:36:22

PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (Reuters) - All five Korean hostages seized in southern Nigeria on Wednesday were freed on Thursday, one of the militant groups behind the abductions said. "All five Korean prisoners captured by our unit in the attack on the Daewoo camp were released at 4:00 p.m. (1500 GMT) today," the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) said in an email to news organizations.

2006-06-07 09:17:09

By Austin Ekeinde PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (Reuters) - Armed militants kidnapped five Koreans in a bloody attack on a natural gas plant operated by Royal Dutch Shell in Nigeria's southern delta on Wednesday, authorities and security sources said. They also killed 10 men from the Nigerian security forces. 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...

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....

2006-06-07 02:53:44

LAGOS (Reuters) - A Nigerian militant group said on Wednesday it had killed at least five soldiers in a night-time attack on an oil facility operated by Shell during which it also kidnapped five South Korean contractors. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), whose series of attacks in January and February forced the closure of a quarter of Nigerian oil output, threatened attacks on crucial oil facilities in the next few weeks.

2006-06-04 05:57:01

ABUJA (Reuters) - Kidnappers in Nigeria have freed the six remaining foreign oil workers they were holding captive after earlier releasing two of the men, a spokesman for the British embassy said on Sunday. Six Britons, one American and one Canadian were seized by gunmen from an oil rig 40 miles off the coast in a night-time raid on Friday.


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bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
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This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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