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120 Indians quit southern Nigerian oil firm after kidnappings

120 Indians quit southern Nigerian oil firm after kidnappings
AFP
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First Published: Mon, Jun 11 2007. 05 59 PM IST
Updated: Mon, Jun 11 2007. 05 59 PM IST
Lagos: Around 120 Indian nationals working for the Eleme Petrochemical Company in southern Nigeria have left the region or the country following two kidnappings, a company spokesman said on 11 June.
“The majority of expatriate Indians -- mostly engineers and technicians -- have relocated, mostly as a result of the attacks. The majority have gone back to India,” Jossy Nkwocha told AFP.
He said production had been affected at Eleme Petrochemical, located on the outskirts of Port Harcourt, the capital of oil-rich Rivers State, which was attacked twice in quick succession.
On 19 May two Indian nationals were abducted from the company’s premises in an incident that left one civilian killed and another injured.
On 1 June a total of 10 people - three senior managers, three workers and four family members, two women and two children, were seized from the company’s residential compound, Nkwocha said.
Local police sources had previously said seven people were kidnapped in the second attack.
This is only the third recorded kidnapping incident in which women or children have been targeted.
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First Published: Mon, Jun 11 2007. 05 59 PM IST