LOS ANGELES, May 3 -- Some 12 foreign oil workers have been abducted in Nigeria in several separate overnight attacks, according to local government and company officials. The latest attacks followed one on May 1 in which armed militants killed one man and took six others hostage.
The most recent attacks, for which no group has claimed responsibility, include an unemployed Dutch oil worker kidnapped from a bar in the southern town of Warri, three South Korean executives and eight Filipino workers seized from a Daewoo construction site in Rivers state after a gunfight, and five people taken from Eni's Mystras FPSO.
On May 2, Chevron Corp. shut down 15,000 b/d of oil production in Nigeria after a Nigerian sailor was killed and six foreign oil workers kidnapped by members of the militant group Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta. The militants attacked Chevron's Oloibiri floating production, storage, and offloading vessel off southern Bayelsa State on May 1 (OGJ Online, May 2, 2007).
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