So the cycle of violence continues in Nigeria. Yesterday, gunmen seized a female from the Philipinnes who works for the French oil company Total SA. The victim is the first known female taken captive in the recent upsurge of violence.

Unknown attackers in Port Harcourt grabbed the woman as she got out of her car in the city, Rivers state Police Commissioner Felix Ogbaudu said. Earlier, hostage takers had released a British man in the Niger Delta region. Thirty foreigners are still in captivity in southern Nigeria, including 26 Filipinos. One Filipino was also seized Tuesday in an attack on his convoy.