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Five kidnapped Chinese workers released in Nigeria
2007/01/18

    BEIJING, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Five kidnapped Chinese telecom workers in Nigeria were released safely in Jan. 17 (local time), according to Chinese Foreign Ministry.

    The Chinese government appreciates support and assistance of relevant parties in Nigeria, a press release from the Foreign Ministry said.

    Unidentified armed men kidnapped five Chinese telecommunication workers in Rivers State of southern Nigeria.

    China's party and state leaders attaches great importance to the incident and urged relevant departments to make utmost efforts in rescuing the five kidnapped workers, the press release said.

    Chinese Ministries including the Foreign Ministry and Commerce Ministry as well as Chinese Embassy in Nigeria launched an emergency mechanism immediately to coordinate with relevant parties to carry out rescuing operation, it said.

    Rivers State is an oil-rich region, where militant groups have attacked oil facilities and kidnapped oil workers since the beginning of the year 2006. This is the first time that Chinese workers were kidnapped.

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Five kidnapped Chinese telecom workers in Nigeria were released on Jan. 17 (local time), according to Chinese Foreign Ministry.

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    Chinese workers freed in Nigeria are in good health condition

    LAGOS, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- The five kidnapped Chinese telecom workers, who were released safely Wednesday night, are basically in good health condition, Chinese sources here said on Thursday.

    The sources told Xinhua "after 13 days of intense work, the five compatriots are finally released."

    Chinese kidnapped in Nigeria to be released safely

    LAGOS, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- The lives of the five Chinese workers kidnapped on Friday morning can be ensured and they would be released safely if everything goes on smoothly, a reliable source told Xinhua on Sunday.

    The official quoted a well-known local king of the Emohua local council government area in Rivers state, south Nigeria, as saying that he would "offer necessary assistances with the Chinese rescue group as well as the state government and the police in rescuing the Chinese kidnapees."

    The official who refused to be identified said the local king also believed that the five abducted Chinese workers would also be released safely.

China launches emergency mechanism to rescue kidnapped Chinese in Nigeria

     A spokesman with the Chinese Ministry of Commerce said Saturday night that the ministry has launched an emergency mechanism to rescue the five kidnapped Chinese in Nigeria.

    Five Chinese technical workers in a rural telecom program were kidnapped by unidentified armed men last Friday in the Rivers State of southern Nigeria. Equipment worth thousands of U.S. dollars were also taken.

    The Chinese Ministry of Commerce urged trade department of the China's embassy in Nigeria to make all their efforts to rescue thefive workers and ensure their safety.

    Chinese rescue group arrives in southern Nigeria on release of kidnapped Chinese workers

    LAGOS, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese rescue group arrived in Port Harcourt, the capital of Nigeria's south state of Rivers, Saturday afternoon to seek release of five Chinese workers who were kidnapped Friday morning.

    The group, which arrived in the airport at about 4:30 p.m. (1530 GMT) "aims to coordinate with the Nigerian government and police on earlier release of the five Chinese workers from a Chinese telecommunication company," said Wang Lei, head of the rescue group, to Xinhua on phone.

    China demands full efforts to rescue kidnapped nationals in Nigeria

    BEIJING, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- China on Saturday demanded its embassy in Nigeria make all out efforts to help secure the release of five kidnapped nationals who were working in Nigeria.

    Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao ordered the foreign ministry and China's embassy and consulate in the African country to do everything possible to free the kidnapped telecommunication workers.

    Gunmen kidnap five Chinese in Nigeria

    BEIJING, Jan. 6 -- Five Chinese telecommunication workers have been kidnapped in Nigeria. The abduction took place in Emuoha in the southern Rivers State on Friday.

    Unidentified armed kidnappers attacked workers at Chinese communication company at round six-thirty am local time. They also stole personal belongings worth thousands of US dollars. Rivers State in the troubled Niger Delta region is notorious for poor security.

Editor: Xia Xiaopeng
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