A pair of Russians, workers at the Alscon aluminium plant, were kidnapped Saturday in Ikot Abasi, Nigeria, on the Niger River Delta.

“Today in the morning, an armed attack was made on a settlement in the south of the city of Ikot Abasi in Nigeria where RUSAL employees are living. They were working at the Alscon aluminium plant there,” says a statement of UC RUSAL reported by the Russian news agency ITAR-TASS. “The two employees of the company were kidnapped. The company is taking all necessary measures to free the hostages as soon as possible.”

The BBC reported that gunmen in speedboats attacked the workers’ residential compound.

More than 200 foreigners have been kidnapped by militants in the Niger Delta, the heart of the country’s oil industry, since 2006, according to the BBC.

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