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Kidnappers snatch three Dutch nationals in Nigeria's Delta

  • This file photo taken on May 18, 2005 shows Shell's major oil and gas terminal on Bonny Island in southern Nigeria's Niger Delta. (AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI)

YENAGOA, Nigeria: Gunmen have snatched three Dutch nationals in Nigeria's volatile Niger Delta region, where armed kidnapping rings frequently operate, police said on Monday.

The Dutch nationals, two men and a woman, were abducted from 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 in recent years as foreign companies have improved their security.

 
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