Nigerian militants Thursday kidnapped three South Korean and eight Filipino workers after a gunfight at their construction site, the South Korean foreign ministry said.
Construction company officials in Seoul said the shootout lasted for 40 minutes but refused to confirm a report by Seoul's Yonhap news agency that several people were dead or injured.
"Three Koreans from Daewoo Engineering and Construction, eight Philippine workers and a local driver have been kidnapped by a group of armed insurgents," a foreign ministry spokesman said.
They were seized at a power plant construction site near Port Harcourt in the Niger Delta area, he said.
A total of 1,755 workers including 148 Koreans were at the site, which has been guarded by Nigerian soldiers and security officials, Daewoo spokesman Huh Hyon said.
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