ROME, Dec 7 (Reuters) - An Italian man has been kidnapped in the Niger delta in southern Nigeria, the Italian foreign ministry said on Saturday, adding it was in contact with his kidnappers.
Marcello Rizzo, 55, from the Sicilian town of Randazzo, works for the Italian construction company Gitto Costruzioni and has been in Nigeria for eight years.
"We have had some contacts (with the kidnappers) and we hope we will see a positive conclusion," a foreign ministry spokesman told Reuters.
"We were informed of his disappearance several days ago," he said.
Kidnappings in the south of Nigeria tend to be for ransom and the victims are often released. Abductions in the north are more often carried out by groups linked to the al Qaeda militant group.
(Reporting by Gavin Jones; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)