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Germans seized by gunmen in Nigeria are freed

Nigeria

Two German men seized by gunmen while swimming in a Nigerian river have been freed after six days.

The men, aged 45 and 55, were kidnapped on April 18 in the oil-producing south east of the country.

"Both our German countrymen are safe and sound and again free," Germany's foreign minister, Guido Westerwelle, said in a statement.

Dozens of foreigners have ben kidnapped in the Niger Delta, which is home to Africa's biggest oil and gas industry.

The men were abducted in Abia state after going swimming in the Imo River.

Referring to the oil city capital of neighbouring Rivers State, Mr Westerwelle added: "They are doing well and are in safe hands in Port Harcourt."

The abduction is the second of foreign workers in Nigeria in the last 10 days. No group has said it carried out the latest kidnapping.



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