Nigeria arrests foreign 'spies'

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A well-known US aid worker and her two German companions have been arrested in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta region.

Security officials say Judith Burdin Asuni, Florian Alexander Opitz and Andy Lehmann are being held on suspicion of "espionage and terrorism".

The Germans had been filming masked youths from the Ijaw community in Delta State, allegedly without clearance.

Delta militants have been conducting a violent campaign for the oil-rich area to get a larger share of the oil money.

The BBC’s Alex Last in Lagos says the two German nationals had come to Nigeria to do a preliminary research for a possible TV documentary about the Niger Delta.

Our correspondent says the Niger Delta is a sore subject for the Nigerian authorities, particularly the international attention given to militant groups.

Read More:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7018198.stm

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