A report by the Associated Press says that Police have rescued 14 kidnapped oil workers and their driver after a gun battle that wounded several of their abductors in the oil-rich Niger Delta.
The rescued men were employees of oil industry service company Nestoil, who were kidnapped on Sept. 2 near the southern oil capital, Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers.
Police Deputy Superintendent Nnamdi Omoni said police acted on intelligence to attack the kidnappers “den” in an operation that began Saturday and ended Sunday evening. The kidnappers escaped and none were arrested although several were wounded by police gunfire, Omoni told The Associated Press.
One of the kidnap victims was in a state of shock and was taken to a hospital for treatment, Omoni said.
The kidnappers had demanded a ransom of 100 million naira, which is about $322,600. It was unclear if any money was paid.