Africa and oil is often a deadly and violent mix and if the Chinese thought they would escape being targeted then they will have to think again. This time the turmoil is in the East of the continent in Ethiopia.

Somali rebels from the Ogaden National Liberation front have killed seventy-four workers at a Chinese run oil field in the East of the country.

Of those killed the majority were Ethipian, but seven Chinese were murdered. A further seven Chinese workers were taken kidnap. All worked for the Zhongyuan Petroleum Exploration Bureau, part of a huge state oil company.

The rebel Somali group has also warned all other international oil companies not to operate in the Ogaden. Ethiopia and Somalia have fought over the ethnically-Somali region since the British controversially gave it to the Ethiopians at the end of the British Empire in 1960.