UK Toddler Kidnapped in Nigeria

Five foreign workers were abducted yesterday
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2007 7:06 AM CDT
Members of Movement for the Emancipation for the Niger Delta, (MEND) a militant group patrol the creeks in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria, in this Feb. 24, 2006 file photo. MEND, the militant group whose...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A three-year-old British girl was kidnapped by gunmen in the Niger Delta today. The abduction comes after five oil workers were kidnapped yesterday. Militant groups who want a larger share of Nigeria's oil profits to go to the poor have taken more than 100 foreign hostages this year, the BBC reports.

Most of the hostages are oil workers, but gunmen have taken three children hostage recently; the other two were the young daughters of a Nigerian businessman and a legislator. Both were released unharmed after ransom payments were made. The main militant group in the area, MEND, has just ended a moth-long ceasefire and has pledged to resume attacks and abductions.