Latest incidents linked to Nigeria's 'oil war'

9th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

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.

© 2010 AFP

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