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French Firm: 7 Kidnapped Sailors Freed in Nigeria

Thursday, 01 Nov 2012 06:30 AM

LAGOS, Nigeria — A French oil and gas services company says six Russian sailors and an Estonian kidnapped from one of its ships off the coast of Nigeria's oil delta have been freed.

Paris-based Bourbon said in a statement Thursday that the men were freed in "good health" and would leave Nigeria in the coming days. The company did not offer any other details about how the men were freed, though most companies pay ransoms to free their seized workers.

Military spokesman Lt. Col. Onyema Nwachukwu did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The men were kidnapped Oct. 17 after an attack on their ship.

Militant and criminal attacks have waned in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta after a 2009 government-sponsored amnesty deal. However, kidnappings still take place.

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