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5 October 2006

FEARS grew last night for four British oil workers kidnapped in Nigeria after a deadly attack on their living quarters.

They were among seven people working for oil firms seized at gunpoint in the Niger Delta a day after rebels freed 25 Nigerians captured 24 hours earlier.

Among those forced from their beds after a firefight which left two security guards dead was crane maintainer Paul Smith of Peterhead, near Aberdeen.

The father-of-two was one of three British staff of Aberdeen-based Sparrows taken. His dad John said: “This is our worst nightmare.” Others abducted were from Romania, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Rebels last night said they had killed nine Nigerian soldiers and seized two military boats near a Royal Dutch Shell pumping station. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta also warned oil firms to evacuate their staff. and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

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