Incident Summary:

01/10/2007: Nine South Korean Daewoo employees constructing an oil pipeline in Yenagoa, Nigeria were kidnapped by an unknown militant group. The workers were released unharmed, three days later on 1/13/07 after they were transferred to the custody of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND).




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Yenagoa district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Daewoo
Specific Description Daewoo oil workers
Nationality of Target South Korea
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 9
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 3
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Joel Olatunde Agoi, “Militants kidnap Nine Korean Oil Workers in Nigeria,” Agence France Presse, January 10, 2007.
“Yonhap Reports Release of Nine South Korean Hostages in Nigeria 13 Jan,” Seoul Yonhap in English, January 13, 2007.