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YENAGOA, Nigeria Dec 17 Gunmen kidnapped four
foreigners and two Nigerians working for South Korea's Hyundai
Heavy Industries in southerly oil-producing Bayelsa
state on Monday, the police said.
Kidnapping is rife in Africa's top oil producer, making
millions of dollars a year for criminal gangs. It is common
across the south, especially in the Niger Delta oil region.
"At about 15:30 (1430 GMT) today, some armed men went to a
Hyundai location i n a forest by the Atlantic Ocean beach and
kidnapped four expatriates and two Nigerians," Bayelsa police
spokesman Fidelis Odunna told reporters.
"The police are going to beef up security around all
companies that have expatriates," he said.
Odunna did not state the nationality of the expatriates.
Most non-Nigerians working for Hyundai in Bayelsa are South
Gunmen abducted two Lebanese men working for Nigerian
construction company Setraco in Delta state last week, and
killed a soldier protecting them.
The 83-year-old mother of Finance Minister Ngozi
Okonjo-Iweala was kidnapped on Dec. 9 in Delta state but was
freed five days later after a military search.
Kidnappings tend to surge in December, when the criminals
need money for year-end festivities.
(Reporting by Owolabi Tife; Writing by Joe Brock; Editing by