Eni Says One Worker Killed in Nigeria Thursday, Two Are Missing

ROME Sep 28, 2007 (Dow Jones Newswires)

Eni SpA (E), Italy's biggest oil and natural gas company by revenue, said a worker at Saipem SpA (SPM.MI) was killed Thursday following an armed attack at a site in southern Nigeria, while two workers are missing.

Eni, which controls oil services company Saipem with a 43% stake, said the worker, who died in hospital following the attack, was a Colombian citizen. The two missing workers are a Filipino and a Colombian.

"Today a group of armed men attacked the jetty area of the Saipem base in Port Harcourt," Eni said in a statement published on its Web site Thursday.

The Rome-based company didn't say who carried out the attack on the site.

Eni and Saipem are working with the Nigerian authorities to search for the two missing workers, the company said.

Eni and Saipem facilities in Nigeria have been attacked in the past.

Sunday, the main militant group in the region said it was ending a unilateral cease-fire it had announced to give the new government of President Umaru Yar'Adua time to negotiate with fighting factions.

The group said talks had made no progress, and that the government had framed one of its leaders, who they said had been arrested in a foreign country.

The group - known as the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, in late 2005 began targeting the oil in industry in Nigeria, Africa's biggest crude producer.

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