Three ExxonMobil Workers Abducted in Aceh, Indonesia

Three ExxonMobil workers were abducted while traveling home from the Arun gas field located in Aceh province, Indonesia. "The three workers were traveling home Thursday evening to Lhokseumawe, a town in North Aceh, from their work stations at the nearby Arun field, operated by ExxonMobil," Deva Rachman, ExxonMobil's spokeswoman in Indonesia, said in a statement. She said one of the three was a company employee and the other two are contract workers.

Indonesian police confirmed the abduction and put the blame on separatist rebels from the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), which has been fighting for the independence of the province on the northernmost tip of Sumatra island since 1976. The rebels have launched occasional attacks on gas facilities in the province in recent years.

ExxonMobil has a total of more than 3,000 employees and contract workers in its Aceh operations, including the onshore Arun, Pase, Lhoksukon, and the North Sumatra Offshore gas field.