Lagos: The Nigerian army said Saturday it
had arrested more than 50 militants suspected of involvement
in a string of recent kidnappings of oil workers.
"The gang leader and over 50 of his members" were
rounded up after special military forces raided a camp in
oil-rich Rivers state in southern Nigeria, spokesman for the
special taskforce Timothy Antigha said.
He said the gang was responsible for the kidnapping of
19 oil workers, including several foreigners, in recent weeks.
"They were the group that abducted the Exxon Mobil
workers and the Afren group workers and were responsible for
other previous kidnappings and robberies in the past," said