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Nigeria: Indian principal kidnapped in Niger Delta

world Updated: Oct 14, 2010 14:21 IST

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A police commissioner says unknown gunmen have kidnapped an Indian national who works as a principal at a school affiliated with Exxon Mobil Corp.

Akwa Ibom state police commissioner Walter Rugbere told The AP on Thursday that two police officers were killed in a gun battle as kidnappers abducted Lakshmi Tombush.

Tombush works as a principal at the Mobil Pegasus School in Eket, where the US oil firm's operations are based.

Rugbere said he had no other information about the kidnapping, which occurred Wednesday morning in the oil-rich and restive Niger Delta.

Kidnappings for ransom have become common in the region, even as militant attacks against oil companies have dropped in recent months.