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Lebanese Oil Worker Kidnapped in Nigeria


Nigerian authorities say gunmen have kidnapped a Lebanese man in the country's volatile southern region.

Military officials say the man was seized along with his car in the city of Warri Tuesday. The man works for a construction company, Niger Cat.

On Saturday, gunmen kidnapped two Indian petrochemical workers in another southern town, Port Harcourt.

In all, about 100 foreigners have been kidnapped in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta region this year.

Most have been released unharmed, after their employers paid ransom. Several hostages also have been injured or killed during rescue attempts by the Nigerian military.

Many of the kidnappings are carried out by criminal gangs, while others are the work of militants who want more of the region's oil wealth directed to impoverished locals.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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