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Belgian, Moroccan Workers Kidnapped in Nigeria

Kidnappings of foreign workers are frequent in southern Nigeria

Two oil industry contractors, one Belgian and one Moroccan, were kidnapped by armed men in Nigeria's southern delta on Thursday, the fourth such abduction in a week.

The wave of kidnappings of foreign workers in the world's eighth largest exporter follows a series of attacks on oil installations earlier in the year, which forced Western multinationals to cut Nigerian production by a quarter.

"They were taken from their car at 6:45. It was an armed kidnap," their colleague said, asking not to be named.

The Foreign Ministry in Belgium confirmed the kidnapping of one its citizens and said it was monitoring the situation.

Kidnappings of foreign workers are frequent in the mangrove-lined creeks and swamps of the Niger Delta in southern Nigeria, which is home to all of the country's oil and gas.