Nigeria Militants Claim Release of One of Three Italian Hostages

Militants in Nigeria said Thursday they released one of three Italian hostages seized last month in an attack in the country's oil-rich southern delta region.

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The militant Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, which has launched crippling attacks against the energy industry in Africa's oil giant since last year, announced the news in an e-mailed statement and identified the freed hostage as Roberto Dieghi.

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