Nigerian militant: Abducted French, Thai nationals in custody

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The Nigerian main militant group, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), on Monday said it has effected the transfer of three French and one Thai national abducted by a militia group in the oil-rich region.

The group's spokesperson Jomo Gbomo said this in a statement reaching here.

On Sept. 23, unknown gunmen kidnapped three French national during an attack on the offshore oil field of Addax off the Nigerian coast.

French company Bourbon said the ship Bourbon Alexandre was attacked by speedboats.

"A few weeks back we indicated that three French and a Thai national abducted by a militia group in the Niger delta were to be transferred to our custody. This transfer has being effected,"MEND said in a statement from its new email address.

"Very shortly we will release the names and personal details of these four individuals to authenticate this email account," it added.

The group has been known for carrying out attacks on international oil companies in the Niger Delta, engaging in actions including sabotage, theft, property destruction, guerilla warfare and kidnapping.

"Also, in the coming days, our fighters will launch a series of attacks on oil installations across the Niger delta," it said.

"These attacks will be announced through this email account," the group said. The group advises that warnings from the account be taken as seriously as the previous warnings.

The group claimed responsibility for the twin car bomb blasts that occurred near the event of the Nigerian National Day parade on Oct. 1.

Nigeria's 50th Independence Anniversary was holding at the Eagles Square, where a parade was being taken by President Goodluck Jonathan when the bombs went off.

At least 14 people died from the blast while 40 persons sustained injuries from the blast.

President Goodluck Jonathan said terrorists and not MEND were responsible for the independence bomb blast in Abuja.

A former MEND leader Henry Okah is facing charges of terrorism in a South African court.

He is held responsible for delivering, placing and detonating explosive devices to cause casualties in Abuja.

Source: Xinhua


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