U.S. commends Nigeria for rescuing hostages

14:17, November 21, 2010      

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The U.S. government has expressed appreciation for the Nigerian government and others who contributed to the safe release of two U.S. hostages.

A statement reaching Xinhua on Saturday quoted Mark Toner, spokesman of U.S. State Department as saying that two U.S. hostages held since Nov. 8 were released unharmed on Nov. 17.

The hostages, rescued by the Joint Military Task Force (JTF), include two French citizens, two Indonesian citizens, and a Canadian citizen, as well as a number of Nigerians.

Toner said the U.S. hostages were employees of the Swiss-based Transocean Company and were taken hostage after an attack on an oil drilling platform off the coast of Akwa Ibom state.

"Our consul general in Lagos, Ambassador Joe Stafford, is expected to meet with those U.S. citizens before they return to the United States," the statement quoted him as saying.

Source: Xinhua


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