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SA man among 7 mineworkers kidnapped in Nigeria

Australia's foreign ministry says authorities are working with Nigeria’s govt to confirm the details.

FILE: A Macmahon Holdings truck. Picture: macmahon.com.au.

PRETORIA - A South African man is among seven mineworkers kidnapped from a work site in Nigeria.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed that three of his compatriots, and a New Zealander, are among those seized.

The workers are employed by Perth-based mining and engineering company Macmahon Holdings.

Turnbull says the gunmen also shot dead one of the mining company's drivers during the attack near the capital of Cross River State, Calabar.

No ransom demand has been received.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says authorities are working with the Nigerian government to confirm details of the attack.

An eyewitness has reportedly said the victims were bundled onto a waiting boat by the 30 attackers.

Nigerian Police Commissioner Jimoh Ozi-Obeh says police are working with the Nigerian navy to ensure all victims are released unharmed.

Meanwhile, the International Relations Department says it's still trying to confirm reports that a South African was kidnapped.

The department's Nelson Kgwete says, "We are awaiting confirmation from our mission in Nigeria regarding the details of the kidnapping. So far we've only been aware of the issue through media reports."

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