Expatriate kidnapped in Nigeria

LAGOS - About six gunmen in a speedboat kidnapped a foreign construction worker from a building site in Nigeria's main commercial city of Lagos late on Monday, security sources said yesterday.

One of the sources said the attackers were dressed as policemen and had tried to kidnap two expatriates. "Some shots were fired and two men were taken away in a boat. One managed to escape. It is believed the person taken is Lebanese."

Such kidnappings are common in the creeks of the Niger Delta, home to Africa's biggest oil and gas industry, but are rare in Lagos, Nigeria's biggest city of around 14 million people.

Many international oil companies and other firms have moved expatriate staff to Lagos from the Niger Delta. - Reuters