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Nigerian militants release photos of hostage oil workers

Nigerian separatist militants released pictures of nine foreign oil workers held hostage for the past week in the creeks of the Niger Delta and firmly denied reports that they were negotiating to release them. The oilmen — three Americans, a Briton, two Egyptians, a Filipino and two Thais — were kidnapped last Saturday from their pipe laying barge by heavily-armed guerrillas during a series of attacks on facilities around Shell’s Forcados oil export terminal. They are being held by an armed ethnic Ijaw group known as the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta somewhere in the winding creeks and mangrove forest west of the southern Nigerian oil city of Warri. “There have been reports that negotiations are ongoing towards the release of these individuals. This is absolutely untrue,” a statement that accompanied the photos said. Full Story

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