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British man abducted in Indonesia

Armed men snatch engineer in restive Aceh district reporter, Jakarta

June 12, 2013

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A group of armed men have kidnapped a British oil engineer near ​​a village in East Aceh district.

Malcolm Primrose, 61, a senior drilling supervisor with oil and gas company Medco E&P Malaka, and his driver named Dania Arani, 40, were returning home when six masked gunmen ambushed their car in Lubuk Pimping village.

"We can confirm a British national was involved in an incident in Aceh yesterday," the British embassy in Jakarta said in a statement released today. "We are in touch with the local authorities and his family. An embassy team has deployed to the area." 

The gunmen tied the driver with a rope and left him in the car, while Primrose was taken into the village. The incident was reported to local police hours later after Arani managed to free himself.

Medco spokesman, Imron Gazali, said today the company is coordinating with police and local authorities to discover the whereabouts of the kidnapped worker.

"The company was quick to report the incident to security forces, local authorities, oil and gas authorities and the British embassy," Gazali was quoted as saying by the Atjeh Post newspaper today.

Everyone is making efforts for the safe return of the worker, he added.

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