Nigeria gunmen kidnap Shell staff and kill police guards

View of Shell's oil and gas terminal on Bonny Island in southern Nigeria's Niger Delta taken 18 May 2005.Picture copyright
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Shell is concerned in oil and gasoline manufacturing within the Niger Delta

Two senior staff of the oil firm Shell have been kidnapped and their police escorts killed in Nigeria’s restive Delta area, police mentioned.

The assault happened as the employees have been coming back from a enterprise journey on Thursday on a street in Rivers state.

Gunmen killed the guards, one among whom was driving the car, and seized the 2 staff, officers mentioned.

A police spokesman mentioned efforts have been beneath solution to rescue the Shell staff.

Their names and nationalities haven’t been launched.

“The Shell Petroleum Improvement Firm of Nigeria Restricted (SPDC) regrets to verify the assault on its workers and authorities safety escort at Rumuji, Rivers State, on the East/West street,” an SPDC spokesman mentioned.

The employees had been coming back from an official journey to Bayelsa state.

Kidnapping for ransom is frequent in Nigeria, with foreigners and high-profile Nigerians incessantly focused.

Earlier this month, a British lady was one among two individuals shot lifeless by gunmen who stormed a vacation resort within the northern metropolis of Kaduna. Three others have been kidnapped through the assault.

In January final 12 months, two People and two Canadian residents have been kidnapped whereas travelling from the city of Kafanchan in Kaduna state to the capital Abuja. Two of their police escorts have been killed.

The 4 kidnap victims have been later freed unhurt in a joint navy and police operation.

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