Nigeria oil rig attacked, 5 crew `taken hostage`

Five crew members are believed to have been taken hostage, the company said.

Updated: Nov 08, 2010, 15:59 PM IST

Eket: An oil rig was attacked off Nigeria early Monday and five crew members are believed to have been taken hostage, the company that oversees the rig, Afren, said in a statement.

"A security breach has occurred on the High Island VII jackup rig, which had recently arrived on location, preparing to commence infill drilling at the Okoro field," the statement said.

"Two crew members are stable after receiving wounds to the leg, and have been evacuated by helicopter to a shore-based clinic. It is believed that five crew members have been taken hostage."
It added that a second "security breach" occurred at a support vessel, but did not provide details. The statement said "the vessel and rig are both under the control of the company”.

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