Colombian gunmen kidnap 23 oil exploration workers

March 8, 2011 07:32

BOGOT - Colombian gunmen have kidnapped 23 local oil contractors carrying out exploration work in a remote jungle area for Canada's Talisman Energy Inc, a provincial governor said on Monday.

Vichada Governor Juan Carlos Avila told Caracol Radio gunmen forced the workers out of the camp from which they were conducting contract work for Talisman, which is a partner of state oil company Ecopetrol.

"They forced them into the jungles," Avila said, adding that all those kidnapped were Colombian nationals.

A spokeswoman for Talisman could not immediately comment on the incident.

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