LAGOS, Nigeria: Police say they've found the body of a Lebanese construction worker kidnapped for ransom in Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta.
Rivers state police spokesman Ben Ugwuegbulam said Wednesday that the man's body was found in the bush by locals. The spokesman said the Lebanese man had apparently been shot to death after being earlier kidnapped from a construction site near Port Harcourt International Airport.
Militants and criminal gangs in the Niger Delta routinely target expatriate workers and middle- and upper-class Nigerians for ransom. Typically, hostages remain safe until a negotiated ransom is paid.