5 kidnapped workers released in Nigeria
The Chinese nationals, who were working on a telecom project, were released unharmed, but it is not clear if the abductors were paid ransom.Updated: Jan 18, 2007 15:02 IST
Five Chinese nationals, kidnapped in Nigeria while working on a telecom project were released unharmed, the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced here on Thursday.
They were released on Wednesday, the ministry said in a brief statement.
The Chinese citizens were taken hostage by unknown armed people on January 5 in the Rivers State in southern Nigeria. Equipment worth thousands of US dollars was also taken. The name of the Chinese telecom company was not revealed.
It is not clear if any ransom was paid.
Following the incident, China had asked Nigeria to make all out efforts to help secure the release of five Chinese nationals.
In the statement, China thanked the Nigerian government for facilitating the safe release of the five Chinese nationals.
Rivers State is located in the oil-rich but troubled Niger Delta where there have been more than 10 kidnappings of foreign workers since the beginning of 2006.
This was the first time that Chinese workers have been kidnapped.
First Published: Jan 18, 2007 15:02 IST