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Since 2006, militant groups in Nigeria's Niger Delta, especially the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), have resorted to taking foreign employees of oil companies hostage as part of the conflict in the Niger Delta. More than 200 foreigners have been kidnapped since 2006, though most were released unharmed.[1] The following is a list of known hostages taken. Contents 1 2006 2 2007 3 2008 4 2009 5 2010 6 References 7 External links // 2006 Jan.10: Militants kidnap 4 foreign workers from an offshore platform, and release them January 30.[2] February 18: MEND rebels attack an oil barge and seize 9 hostages: 3 Americans, 2 Egyptians, 2 Thais, a Filipino, and a Britain. All but two Americans and a Britain are released March 1; the three others are released March 27.[3] May 11: Vito Macrina, an Italian, and two other employees of Saipem are abducted and freed the next day.[4] October 3: A militant group abducted four Scots, a Malaysian, an Indonesian and a Romanian from a bar in Akwa Ibom state.[5] 2007 Jan. 10: Nine South Koreans and one Nigerian working for Daewoo Engineering and Construction in Yenagoa are abducted, but are freed Jan. 12.[6] May 1: MEND seized six expatriate workers from an offshore oil facility owned by Chevron. The group of six consisted of four Italians, an American and a Croat. On the same day, MEND published photos of the captives seated on white plastic chairs in a wooden shelter around the remains of a campfire. May 3:, MEND seized eight foreign hostages from another offshore vessel. The hostages were released less than 24 hours later, stating they had intended to destroy the vessel and did not want more hostages. 9May 25: The pipe lay barge LB300 (owned by Transcostal Off Shore) was attacked a few hundred meter off the Sangana community coastline, near the Aunty Juli Platform. A South African, four Britons and Americans, and one Nigerian were kidnapped. All were employees of Hydrodive. The hostages were held for 19 days in basic conditions and were on occasions subjected to mock executions. MEND claimed responsibility and at one point announced to the national press that all the hostages were to be executed. They were all released unharmed. July 8: A Bulgarian and a Briton working for Exprogroup were abducted from a barge near Calabar in Cross River state. They were released August 8. 2008 September 9: British oil workers Robin Barry Hughes and Matthew John Maguire were kidnapped along with 27 other workers when their vessel was hijacked by MEND militants. They were still being held hostage as of February 2009, and one of them was reported to be "very ill."[7][8] Both have since been released. 2009 Jan. 21: Rebels from the Niger Delta attacked the tanker MT Meredith, filled with diesel fuel, and kidnapped a Romanian worker.[9] April 16: Julie Ann Mulligan, a Canadian in Nigeria on a Rotary International exchange was taken hostage April 16, and C$$700,00 was demanded before the hostage takers went down to $136,000 before releasing her on Wed. April 29. Mulligan came home Friday May 1.[10] 2010 Jan 12: Three Britons and a Colombian working for Netco were kidnapped when their convoy was attacked near Port Harcourt.[11] April 11: A Nigerian employee of Total was kidnapped by unknown men in southern Nigeria[12]. References ^ Philp, Catherine (January 19, 2009). "British hostages moved by Niger rebels after botched rescue". The Times (London). Retrieved May 2, 2010.  ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ "Nigeria hostage pictures released". BBC News. January 12, 2009. Retrieved May 2, 2010.  ^ ^ "Tanker damaged in Nigeria attack". BBC News. January 21, 2009. Retrieved May 2, 2010.  ^ Abuja, Gilbert da Costa (April 21, 2009). "Nigerian Kidnappers Demand Ransom for Canadian Hostage". VOANews. Retrieved May 3, 2009.  ^ Britons kidnapped in Nigerian oil region ^ External links CHRONOLOGY-Nigerian kidnappings of foreigners in oil delta TIMELINE: Attacks in Nigeria's oil delta Chronology of Nigerian militants' Attacks Timeline Nigeria This Nigeria-related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. v • d • e