Skip to main content
Advertising

Originally published Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 9:13 AM

  • Share:
             
  • Comments (0)
  • Print

4 SKoreans freed after being kidnapped in Nigeria

Four South Korean construction workers and a Nigerian colleague who were kidnapped in southern Nigeria have been freed.

The Associated Press

Most Popular Comments
Hide / Show comments
No comments have been posted to this article.
Start the conversation >

advertising

SEOUL, South Korea —

Four South Korean construction workers and a Nigerian colleague who were kidnapped in southern Nigeria have been freed.

The five employees of Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. were preparing for the construction of factories when they were abducted by unidentified gunmen Monday in Bayelsa state.

Bayelsa State police chief Kingsley Omire said Saturday that the kidnappers "freely released" their hostages at about 9.30 p.m. Friday. He said no ransom was paid.

Seoul's Foreign Ministry said in a statement Saturday that the release was the result of "persistent persuasion."

Omire said no one was hurt and that the Bayelsa State government had a strict no-ransom police.

Kidnappings for ransom are frequent in Nigeria's oil-rich delta.

---

Associated Press writer Yinka Ibukun contributed to this report from Lagos, Nigeria.

News where, when and how you want it

Email Icon

The Seattle Times photographs

Seattle space needle and mountains

Purchase The Seattle Times images

Career Center Blog

Career Center Blog

Looking for joy on the job


Advertising