5 S Koreans abducted in Nigeria
No group has claimed responsibility for the abduction and no ransom has been demanded, a Govt statement said.india Updated: Jun 07, 2006 12:49 IST
Five South Korean workers were abducted by unidentified armed persons in Nigeria early on Wednesday, the foreign ministry here said.
The five included three employees of South Korea's Daewoo Engineering Construction and two employees of the Korea Gas Corp, the ministry said.
"We don't know who the kidnappers were," said a ministry statement.
No group has claimed responsibility for the abduction and no ransom has been demanded, the statement said.
The five were abducted from the staff dormitory of Daewoo Engineering Construction on a small island off the Port Harcourt, on the coast of the western African country, an official at the South Korean embassy in Nigeria told YTN TV by phone.
Nigeria is Africa's largest oil producer and the world's sixth exporter with an average of 2.6 million barrels a day, most of which is derived from the Niger Delta area.
The oil-rich region has since the beginning of the year been a theatre of violence against foreign oil companies and their employees, launched by armed separatists and local communities demanding a larger share in oil revenues and compensation for the destruction of their ecosystem by oil exploration.