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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...

2006-08-15 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...

2006-07-06 12:31:16

By Austin Ekeinde YENAGOA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Gunmen abducted a Dutchman who was working on an unfinished Shell gas plant in Nigeria's southern Niger Delta on Thursday following a community protest, police and a local leader said. The incident is the latest in a series of kidnappings and attacks on oil facilities that have shut down a quarter of crude output from the world's eighth-biggest exporter since February. "It happened this morning ... Two persons have been arrested in...

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...

2006-06-08 05:30:58

By Tom Ashby LAGOS (Reuters) - Five South Korean gas workers kidnapped by militants in Nigeria will be released on Thursday after a plea from the jailed militant leader in whose name the men were abducted, the kidnappers said. Three different groups were involved in the bloody raid on a small natural gas plant in the Niger Delta on Wednesday and had demanded the release of jailed leader Mujahid Dokubo-Asari in exchange for the Koreans' freedom. "The hostages will be released soon as...

2006-06-04 02:24:48

ABUJA (Reuters) - Two out of eight foreign oil workers held hostage in southern Nigeria have been freed and the release of the six others is expected later on Sunday, the information commissioner of Bayelsa state said. Both men released are British, the commissioner and the British embassy said. Four other Britons, one Canadian and one American are still being held.

2006-06-04 01:52:48

By Estelle Shirbon ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian police said eight foreign oil workers were freed on Sunday but a British diplomat said only some of the six Britons, one Canadian and one American had been released. The eight men were seized by gunmen from an offshore oil rig in a night-time raid on Friday that raised new security fears after a series of militant attacks earlier this year that have shut down a quarter of oil output from Africa's top producer. National police spokesman...

2006-06-04 00:55:13

ABUJA (Reuters) - Eight foreign oil workers were released in Nigeria in the early hours of Sunday, police said, two days after they were kidnapped from an offshore oil rig by gunmen demanding jobs and development for their community. National police spokesman Haz Iwendi said authorities in Bayelsa, a coastal state nearest to the rig, had brokered the release of the six Britons, one American and one Canadian. He did not offer any details on the conditions of their release. "They are...

2006-06-04 00:54:35

ABUJA (Reuters) - Eight foreign oil workers were released in Nigeria in the early hours of Sunday, police said, two days after they were kidnapped from an offshore oil rig by gunmen demanding jobs and development for their community. National police spokesman Haz Iwendi said authorities in Bayelsa, a coastal state nearest to the rig, had brokered the release of the six Britons, one American and one Canadian. He did not offer any details on the conditions of their release. "They are...

2006-04-29 17:13:16

By Estelle Shirbon ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian militants said on Saturday they had detonated a car bomb near an oil refinery in the city of Warri in the southern oil-producing Niger Delta. No information was immediately available on whether there were any casualties or damage. Delta state officials said there had been a blast but had no further details. The militants have provided accurate statements in the past. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), whose...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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