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Sunday Telegraph: British oil worker among nine abducted in Nigeria

(Filed: 19/02/2006)

A British oil worker is reported to be among nine foreigners abducted by militants in southern Nigeria yesterday.

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta claimed responsibility for kidnapping the workers, who were seized when 40 armed militants overpowered military guards on a boat near the oil port city of Warri.
Three Americans, two Egyptians, two Thais and a Filipino were also taken from the vessel, which belonged to the United States company, Wilbros. The British worker was named as John Hudspith, originally from northern England, and now living in the South-East.
The boat he was travelling in was contracted to Shell. A spokesman for the oil group confirmed that the barge was attacked in the Forcados estuary, but refused to say if the workers were employed by Shell or another company.
It is the latest in a series of kidnappings carried out by rebels demanding greater local control of oil wealth in the impoverished region.

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