Nigeria gunmen kill expat oil worker, abduct one

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ABUJA, Sep 27 (Reuters) Gunmen disguised as soldiers killed one foreign oil worker and abducted another in Nigeria today in a raid on the construction yard of oil services company Saipem, security sources said.

The victim and hostage were thought to be Colombian nationals, said the sources who asked not to be named. Police were not immediately available for comment.

''Militants dressed in army uniform came in speed boats. They killed one Colombian and abducted another from the Saipem yard.

There was an exchange of fire and the militants escaped,'' a security source at a Western oil company said.

The attack follows a threat by an armed group on Sunday to launch attacks in the oil-producing region in response to the arrest of one of its leaders in Angola.

REUTERS PD RAI2311

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