Warri — Security personnel have stepped up efforts to rescue three kidnapped foreigners in the oil-rich Niger Delta, a military official said Friday.
Colonel Anka Mustapha told The Associated Press that he's confident that the foreign construction workers will soon be rescued because of a heightened security presence that involves sending patrol boats into the region's remote creeks, rivers and swampy mangroves.
The two Pakistanis and Indian were abducted Wednesday night in the town of Emakalakala, which is in the southern coastal state of Bayelsa, by gunmen operating on speedboats.
Recent activities in the Niger Delta have left communities on edge.
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Three police officers were killed in October after their boat, which was escorting a load of oil for the Nigerian Agip Oil Company, was hijacked by pirates on the Barbara River in Bayelsa.
Sixoil company workers were also kidnapped in October.