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Kidnappers free four Thai nationals in Nigeria

Aug. 17, 2013 at 3:10 PM

ABUJA, Nigeria, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Four Thai nationals working at a fish farm in Nigeria were freed early Saturday, eight days after they were kidnapped, the Nigerian government said.

Officials would not say whether a ransom was paid for their release, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported.

Emmanuel Chindah, the state commissioner for agriculture, said they were freed at about 2 a.m. and appeared to be healthy.

The four were on their way to work when they were abducted Aug. 9.

Kidnappings have become common in the Niger Delta, the country's oil-producing area. More than 500 have been reported in the past seven years, targeting both Nigerians and foreigners, with most of the victims released unharmed after the payment of ransom.

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