Incident Summary:

01/25/2007: Seven employees of a Chinese oil company were abducted as gunmen stormed the local offices in the southern Nigerian state of Bayelsa. Militants were behind the attack, but no specific group has claimed responsibility for the attack.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Oil employees
Specific Description Employees of government-owned Chinese National Petroleum Co.
Nationality of Target China
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 7
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded Unknown
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources Unknown
Total Ransom Amount Paid Unknown
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources Unknown
Ransom Notes Unknown
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
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) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Katharine Houreld, "Militants in Nigeria seize more oil workers in attack on Chinese company," The Associated Press, January 25, 2007.
Chika Amanze-Nwachuku, "GUNMEN KIDNAP 3 CHINESE, ONE FEARED DEAD," This Day (Nigeria), January 25, 2007.
Joel Olatunde Agoi, "Chinese Workers abducted in Nigeria," Agence France Presse, January 25, 2007.