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3 Australians and South African Kidnapped in Calabar Regains Freedom.



South African, have been released unharmed four days after they were 
kidnapped by gunmen in Cross River State.
 
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, police had earlier 
given accounts of how many had been seized and what their 
nationalities were, and that they all worked for cement company 
Lafarge on the outskirts of Calabar, Cross River State, in the Niger Delta.
 
The Cross River State Commissioner Jimoh Ozi-Obeh said they 
were released “unhurt” on Sunday but gave no further details.
 
The state governor’s security adviser, Jude Ngajim, said five 
expatriates and two Nigerians had been released.
 
“They are safe and sound,” he said, noting that a doctor had 
made medical checks and pronounced them “fit and sound”.
 
Kidnappings of foreigners are common in the region, which holds 
most of the OPEC member’s crude oil and contributes about 
70 per cent of national income.
 
Nigeria has remained Africa’s top oil producer until a recent spate 
of attacks on oil facilities.
 
Lafarge, Africa and Australian contractors Macmahon Holdings 
Ltd could not immediately be reached for comment.

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