Four Indian nationals kidnapped in Nigeria

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New Delhi, Oct 29 (UNI) Four Indian nationals working for an Italian Oil Company, have been kidnapped by gunmen in Nigeria, an External Affairs Ministry spokesman said here today.

Nobody has claimed responsibility for the kidnappings so far.

However, sources said a militant group--Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND)--had claimed responsibility.

It gave no reason for the abduction.

The sources identified three of the four Indians as Fari Pandurang, Ponambalam Eknat and Kumaresan Mohandoss.

The four Indians were working with an Italian oil company Mystras belonging to Saipem, the spokesman said, adding that the Indian High Commissioner in Nigeria was in constant contact with the Nigerian authorities and the oil company officials.

The Indian High Commission had also advised Indians to be extra vigilant, especially in the area of Niger Delta.

The sources said the four Indians were kidnapped on Friday about 28 Km off the coast of Bonny, Rivers State, by machine-gun weilding gunmen while they were working on an oil platform.

They said a supply vessel which went to replenish the supplies of the workers, was hijacked by the attackers numbering over 50.


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