Hostages Freed in Nigeria Oil Region

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An American and a Briton seized by gunmen in speedboats last week from a vessel off Nigeria's oil-rich southern coast were released Tuesday, a government official said.

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The two men, who had been taken hostage Thursday, were taken by authorities to Yenagoa, capital of Bayelsa State, after they were freed, said Ekiyor Welson, spokesman for the local state government.