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Australian miners abducted in Nigeria

Three Australians were among seven mine workers who were kidnapped from a work site in Nigeria yesterday.

Macmahon Holdings Limited confirmed the incident, which saw one employee fatally shot.

“Macmahon Holdings Limited regrets to confirm the fatal shooting yesterday of a local employee in a security incident near its operations in Calabar, Nigeria which also resulted in the abduction of seven employees,” the company said in a statement.

“The employees who were abducted in the incident include three Australians, two Nigerians, a New Zealander and a South African. We are working to ensure the safe return of all the men involved and are in communication with their families.

“Macmahon is providing support to the men’s families and we ask the media to respect their privacy at this time.

“Counselling has also been made available for all Macmahon employees and their families.”



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