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Nigerian Boy Kidnapped in Niger Delta


Nigerian authorities say a three-year-old boy has been kidnapped in the country's troubled oil-producing Niger Delta.

Police say the child was kidnapped at gunpoint Thursday, as he was being driven to school in Port Harcourt. He is the son of Eze Francis Amadi, a traditional ruler in the area.

At least three children have been abducted in southern Nigeria since June. Last week, a British toddler was snatched from a car as she was being driven to school. She was reunited with her family on Sunday.

Kidnapping is widespread in Nigeria's main oil-producing region. About 200 foreign workers have been abducted there since the end of 2005.

Some abductions are the work of criminal gangs seeking ransom, while others have been carried out by militants demanding that local villages get more of the region's oil wealth.

Most Niger Delta residents are impoverished, despite the billions of dollars that the government and oil companies reap from oil production.

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

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