Home > News > World
Monday May 5, 2014 MYT 11:15:01 PM
Monday May 5, 2014 MYT 11:16:03 PM
YENAGOA, Nigeria,(Reuters) - Gunmen have snatched three Dutch nationals in Nigeria's volatile Niger Delta region, where armed kidnapping rings frequently operate, authorities said on Monday.
The Dutch nationals, two men and a woman, were abducted in Bayelsa state on Sunday, police spokesman Alex Akhighe said.
The kidnapping of expatriates by armed gangs seeking ransom money has been rife in the oil-producing Delta region, although it has tailed off since a 2009 amnesty was signed with militant groups there. Foreign firms have also improved their security.
Anka Mustapha, a spokesman for Bayelsa's Joint Task Force, which comprises military and police, said the three had been returning from an inspection of a newly-built health facility in the area.
Authorities have received intelligence that the three have since been moved to a forest near the Atlantic shore, he added.
Nigeria ranks as one of the worst countries in the world for kidnapping, a multi-million dollar criminal enterprise. Abductions are most rife in the oil states, but sometimes happen in Lagos and the southwest too.
(Reporting by Tife Owolabi; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Gareth Jones)
Greek FM Varoufakis resigns
Singaporean blogger sentenced to jail time already served
Greek finance minister quits to smooth talks after 'No' vote
Greek finance minister successor to be named after meeting of leaders
Celebrate Raya in style with GEMFIVE
The 3 unexpected life events that leave us in debt
Cummins ready to take the red ball after Ashes call-up
Google's Waze to start carpooling pilot programme
Weaved to suit the daily needs of community
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)