Latest incidents linked to Nigeria's 'oil war'
Gunmen attacked an oil rig and support vessel off Nigeria's coast this week, taking two Americans, two French, two Indonesians and one Canadian hostage. Here is a timeline of similar incidents this year in Nigeria:
- Jan 12: Three British oil workers and a Columbian are abducted near the oil hub of Port Harcourt. They are freed six days later.
- March 15: The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, Nigeria's most prominent militant group, sets off two bombs outside a conference hall where talks are underway on a government amnesty plan in the oil city of Warri, killing at least one person.
- July 3: Twelve foreign seamen are abducted in the Bonny estuary, Nigeria's main crude export terminal close to Port Harcourt. Crew members -- seven Russians, two Germans, a Ukrainian, a Latvian and a Lithuanian -- are freed a day after.
- July 11: Four journalists and their driver are abducted in Abia state. They are released a week later.
- August 11: Two Russian sailors are seized from their cargo vessel off the main export terminal at Bonny Fairway. They are freed on September 6.
- Sept 22: Three French crew members are seized from a ship offshore. A Thai national is also abducted.
- Sept 27: Fifteen children are abducted from a school bus in the city of Aba. They are freed four days later.
- Oct 1: Twin car bombs claimed by MEND kill 12 people in Abuja, the first such attack in the nation's capital.
- Nov 8: Gunmen seize two Americans, two French, two Indonesians and a Canadian in an attack on an offshore oil rig and support vessel. Two crew members are injured.
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