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    Gunmen storm offshore vessel in Nigeria

    News // October 24, 2011

    Bloomberg reports that gunmen stormed a ship supplying Exxon Mobil's offshore oil operations near Nigeria and kidnapped a contract employee, the firm's local subsidiary said. This was only days after a similar attack saw another worker abducted.

    The attack occurred eon October 17th off the coast of Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta near Akwa Ibom state, where Exxon Mobil tankers line beaches and its offshore oil rigs can be seen along the horizon.

    Bloomberg said the gunmen attacked the vessel near either an Exxon Mobil oil rig or an offshore platform, though the company declined to give specific details about the attack.

    The gunmen seized a contract worker aboard the vessel, Exxon Mobil said without giving his name or nationality. The company said it alerted Nigerian authorities about the attack.
    "We do not know the identity of the attackers, nor reason for their action," the company said in a statement issued Tuesday.

    Bloomberg siad this was the second attack to recently target Exxon Mobil supply ships. On September 30th, gunmen stormed another supply vessel near an Exxon Mobil offshore operation, kidnapping a contractor and leaving another person wounded. That abducted contractor remains missing.


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