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Gunmen attack oil terminal, take hostages

December 8, 2006

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— Gunmen attacked a southern Nigerian oil export terminal belonging to a subsidiary of Italy's Eni SpA early Thursday, taking three Italians and a Lebanese hostage and killing another person, officials said.

Bayelsa state Police Commissioner Hafiz Ringim confirmed the attack just before dawn on the Agip oil export station, which exports some 200,000 barrels of oil daily from the town of Brass.

Eni and Italy's Foreign Ministry said three Italians and a Lebanese were kidnapped. Another Lebanese worker was wounded in the firefight, the ministry said.

The identity of the dead man was not immediately clear, although it appeared he was a bystander rather than one of the attackers or an Agip employee, Ringim said.

Several residents of Brass said the gunmen shot and killed a youth who was among a group of locals trying to stop the attack.

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