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Canadian among oil workers kidnapped by gunmen in Nigeria

Gunman kidnapped three oil workers from Canada, Scotland and Nigeria at a rig in Nigeria's Delta region on Saturday, officials said — the second abduction in the area in less than a week.

Troops searching surrounding area after oil rig raided by attackers, military says

An oil rig is seen in Nigeria's oil-rich delta region in November 2006. (George Osodi/Associated Press)

Gunmen kidnapped three oil workers from Canada, Scotland and Nigeria at a rig in Nigeria's Delta region on Saturday, officials said — the second abduction in the area in less than a week.

The attackers raided the rig owned by Niger Delta Petroleum Resources in Ogbele, Rivers State at around 8 a.m. local time, said military spokesperson Maj. Ibrahim Abubakar.

Troops were searching surrounding swamps, he added. State police said they had stepped up security on an east-west road where armed men had attacked civilians in recent weeks.

Global Affairs Canada said they are aware that a Canadian citizen was kidnapped in Nigeria, and said consular officials are in contact with local authorities.

The Niger Delta produces the bulk of Nigeria's crude. It has been plagued by criminal gangs and by armed groups demanding a greater share of oil revenues for the region. On Thursday, two Royal Dutch Shell oil workers were kidnapped and their police escorts killed in Rivers State while returning from a trip.

With files from CBC News