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Kidnapped Scot 'home for Xmas'.



A KIDNAPPED Kidnapped

caught in the intrigues of Scottish factions, David Balfour and Alan Breck are shipwrecked, escape from the king’s soldiers, and undergo great dangers. [Br. Lit.: R. L. Stevenson Kidnapped]

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 Scots oilman is coming home for Christmas after being freed by gunmen in Nigeria.

Bruce Strachan, 51, was held for 15 days by a gang who wanted a pounds 1.6million ransom.

He has now been reunited with his Nigerian wife Susan and their baby son David.

And he's looking forward to Christmas with his family in Cults, near Aberdeen.

Bruce was exhausted but unharmed after his ordeal. He's recovering at a hotel in the oil city of Port Harcourt Port Harcourt (här`kərt, –kôrt), city (1991 est. pop. 362,000), SE Nigeria, a deepwater port on the Bonny River in the Niger delta. .

His dad Harold said yesterday: "I spoke to him on the phone and his voice was weak but he's recovering.

"It's the ultimate Christmas present for us."

Mum Moira added: "It was a marvellous phone call to get."

Bruce, who works for Global Lifting Services, was seized by two gunmen on November 27 in the Port Harcourt area.

Kidnap is a major criminal industry in Nigeria's oil-producing Niger delta The Niger Delta, the delta of the Niger River in Nigeria, is a densely populated region sometimes called the Oil Rivers because it was once a major producer of palm oil. . Two other Britons, seized in September, are still being held.

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 16, 2008
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