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Tuesday, June 29, 1999 Published at 12:35 GMT 13:35 UK

World: Africa

Shell helicopter pilots kidnapped in Nigeria

The Anglo-Dutch oil company, Shell, says two of its helicopter pilots have been kidnapped in southern Nigeria.

A Shell spokesman said the two men were seized by militants from a little-known group, Enough Is Enough, who surrounded the helicopter shortly after it landed at the Enwhe oil platform in the Niger Delta yesterday.

The spokesman said police were investigating the kidnapping, and Shell officials were working to free the pilots. Oil company workers are regularly kidnapped in Nigeria by militants seeking ransom money from multinational firms.

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