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India in touch with Nigeria over kidnappings


New Delhi : India is in touch with its high commission in Nigeria over the kidnapping of two Indians there, said Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi Sunday.

The minister's office said Debashish Kakoti of Assam and Sunil Dave of Maharashtra were employed with a multinational petrochemical company, Eleme Petrochemicals.

"The deputy high commissioner in Nigeria, Anil Trigunyat, told us that the two were forcibly taken away by possible militants after a gun battle at 4 a.m. (Saturday) from the factory complex of Eleme Petrochemicals in Port Harcourt," Ravi told IANS over telephone from Kerala.

The Indian mission is in touch with Nigerian authorities, the minister said.

Reports from Nigeria said a local was killed in the attack. It said nearly 100 foreigners have been abducted this year – nearly double the entire total in 2006 — by militants opposed to the government and oil companies.