Niger Delta

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Nigerian Youths Blow Up Oil Pipeline

Chevron output diminished by 120K barrels per day

(Newser) - A youth gang blew up a Chevron pipeline in Nigeria yesterday, reducing output from the world's eighth-largest oil producer by 120,000 barrels a day. Such attacks are common in Nigeria, Reuters reports: Sparked by poverty and hatred of foreign companies, militants have cut oil production there by one-fifth over... More »

Nigerian Kidnappers Free Toddler

Girl in good health after 4 days in captivity

(Newser) - Four days after her terrifying abduction, a 3-year-old girl is back with her parents in southern Nigeria, "covered in mosquito bites" but otherwise OK, her father tells the BBC. Margaret Hill, who was snatched from a car at gunpoint on her way to school Thursday, was freed today and... More »

Kidnappers Threaten Toddler's Life

Nigerian officials launch talks with abductors of 3-year-old girl

(Newser) - Kidnappers in Nigeria have threatened to kill a 3-year-old girl unless her father takes her place, and negotiations for her release have begun. Margaret Hill's mother interrupted an interview today to join officials in bargaining for her safe return, Reuters reports, after recounting a chilling conversation in which an abductor... More »

UK Toddler Kidnapped in Nigeria

Five foreign workers were abducted yesterday

(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... More »

5 Kidnapped From Nigerian Oil Rig

Rebels seeking oil revenues end truce; 5 oil workers abducted

(Newser) - Five expat contractors were taken abducted yesterday during an attack on a Shell oil rig in the Niger Delta, just as a rebel group responsible for many similar attacks called off a one-month truce. The hostages include two New Zealanders, one Australian, one Lebanese and one Venezuelan; more than 200... More »

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