Gunmen Attack Boat In Nigeria; 6 Passengers Wounded

PORT HARCOURT Apr 20, 2007 (AP)

Gunmen attacked a boat carrying oil workers to an offshore rig in waters off Nigeria's unruly southern oil region, wounding six passengers, officials said.

Security forces drove off the attackers, said a private security official.

Another security official said three Nigerian workers initially feared kidnapped had been found hiding under the vessel's engine housing.

A military spokesman, Maj. Sagir Musa, confirmed an attack, but had no details.

More than 150 foreigners have been kidnapped over the past year in the southern region where crude is pumped in Africa's largest producer. Stepped-up violence has trimmed Nigeria's daily production by about one quarter, helping send global crude prices higher.

Copyright (c) 2007 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.

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