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Christmas Day bombings: Philippines extends ban on workers to Nigeria

The Philippines said yesterday it would extend a ban on sending workers to Nigeria after Christmas Day bombings in the country left 35 people dead.

The two-year-old ban was to have been lifted by January 1 to allow the movement of thousands of Filipinos seeking to work in Nigeria’s booming energy sector. But the wave of bombings has raised fresh security fears, and the ban will now remain in place for at least three more months, the foreign department said in a statement.

The Philippine government imposed the ban after a series of Filipino workers were kidnapped in the Niger Delta region between 2006 and 2009. The labour ministry had recommended the ban be lifted days before the bombings occurred. The attacks were blamed on the Islamist group Boko Haram.

The mainly Catholic Philippines is a major labour-exporting country, with about 10 percent of its 94 million population working abroad, many as maids, seamen, construction workers and labourers.

-Sun

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