- The Washington Times - Monday, April 6, 2009

PORT HARCOURT, NIGERIA (AP) - Police say unidentified gunmen killed a policeman as they kidnapped a foreign oil worker in restive southern Nigeria.

Rivers State spokeswoman Rita Inoma-Abbey said the attackers snatched the Scottish oil-services worker late Sunday as his vehicle convoy traveled through the southern city of Port Harcourt. She said a policeman who was escorting the man died from wounds suffered in the attack. She had no more details.

More than 200 foreign workers and countless Nigerians have been kidnapped in three years of rising violence across the oil region of Africa’s biggest crude producer. Victims are normally released unharmed after a ransom is paid.

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