Foreigners freed in Niger delta

Three Syrians and one Lebanese released after five days in captivity in Rivers State.

    Fighters in the Niger delta have abducted hundreds
    of foreigners since 2006 [AFP]

    Most have been released unharmed, but some were freed only after ransom payments.

    The fighters, who demand that the federal government send more oil-industry funds to Nigeria's southern region, have launched numerous attacks on oil-installations in the area and fought government troops since January 2006.

    On March 31, a local employee of French oil group Total was abducted on his way to work in Port Harcourt.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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