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Six kidnapped oil workers freed in Nigeria - Govt

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PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria, Aug 24 (Reuters) Six foreign oil workers, kidnapped from a nightclub in Nigeria, were released last night after 10 days in captivity, authorities said.

The six men -- two Britons, an American, German, Irish and Pole -- were abducted at gunpoint from a nightclub in the southern oil city of Port Harcourt on August 13.

''The hostages were released. All six of them. They are looking well,'' said Magnus Abe, a spokesman for Rivers State government, where they were abducted.

The release means that only one Lebanese construction worker is still being held out of 17 mostly foreign oil workers seized this month in a string of seven separate kidnappings in the oil producing Niger Delta this month.

At least 10 militants were killed in a gunfight with troops in a botched hostage release on Sunday. The captive, a Nigerian employee of Royal Dutch Shell, also died.

REUTERS VJ BST0555

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