geria’s military on Wednesday freed 19 hostages in an operation in the country’s main oil-producing region. Seven of those taken were foreigners while the rest were Nigerian nationals.
Those expat workers released include two French, two Americans, two Indonesians and a Canadian.
The victims were snatched in the country’s Niger Delta region, the heart of one of the world’s largest oil industries.
The eight Nigerians were were kidnapped in an attack this week on an ExxonMobil facility, while the seven foreigners were kidnapped last week in a raid on an oil rig.
MEND, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, have claimed scores of such attacks in the past. It says it is fighting for a fairer redistribution of Nigeria’s massive oil wealth.
In the past, militants have cut the country’s oil production by a third, causing a spike in prices.
Nigeria military free 19 hostages in Niger Delta