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Two US mariners kidnapped in Nigeria freed

13 November 2013, 10:16

Washington - The state department says two American mariners kidnapped last month off the coast of Nigeria have been released.

Spokesperson Jen Psaki said on Tuesday that the US welcomes the release of the two Americans, but said privacy concerns prevented her from disclosing any details about how they were freed.

US officials earlier identified the two as the captain and chief engineer of the US-flagged C-Retriever offshore supply vessel.

Nearly all foreigners kidnapped are released after ransoms are paid.

Nigeria's navy has rescued at least two hostages this year and reported killing several pirates in counterattacks to prevent ship hijackings.

- AP


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