Nigerian militants hold oil workers to ransom

July 26th, 2008 - 11:33 pm ICT by IANS  

RIA Novosti
Moscow, July 26 (RIA Novosti) Militants have taken hostage five crew members of an oil vessel at the southern Nigerian port of Harcourt. Russia’s shipping bulletin Maritime Sovfracht said in a statement on its website that the vessel is owned by Sweden’s Marine Carrier AB and was working for Italian oil services company Saipem SpA.

The militants belonging to the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, which has been linked to several attacks on foreign oil workers, are demanding Saipem pay a ransom for the crew members’ release, the site said.

Of the five hostages, four are Russians and one a Polish national, the website said.

The Russian embassy in Nigeria’s capital Lagos has tightened security for staffers following the incident, the embassy press secretary said.

“In view of this situation, embassy staff are asked not to travel independently along the coast,” Igor Popov said.
RIA Novosti

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