Militant group: 7 Nigerians abducted in rig attack

Militant group: 7 Nigerians abducted in rig attack Lagos: The main militant group in Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta says it kidnapped seven local workers from an offshore oil rig operated by Exxon Mobil Corp.

In an e-mail to journalists today, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta says the hostages "were taken to prevent the Nigerian government from attributing the damage to this facility to an industrial accident." Exxon Mobil said the attack happened Sunday night.

The e-mail also claims militants used explosives to damage the Ibeno oil rig, located off the coast of Akwa Ibom state.

The attack is the latest claimed by the militant group. It also claimed an attack last week in which seven expatriate workers were kidnapped from a rig exploring an oil field for London-based Afren PLC.