Police say gunmen have kidnapped 15 oil workers in Rivers State in the latest apparent hostage-for-ransom incident.

A police spokesman, Deputy Superintendent Nnamdi Omoni, said Saturday that all the abducted are Nigerians working for the local oil industry service company Nestoil.

He says their bus was hijacked Friday about 100 kilometers (60 miles) southeast of their office in Port Harcourt.

“We have recovered the vehicle they were traveling in before the incident occurred. Police are currently combing bushes around the area in a bid to find and release the victims,” Nnamdi said, adding that he did not believe foreigners were among those kidnapped.

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