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British hostage reported freed

April 20, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

A British hostage who was captured more than seven months ago by Nigeria's main militant group was freed, a senior military official said.

Robin Barry Hughes, was handed over to military officials in the southern oil region, said the official, Sarkin Bello. He told the Associated Press in a phone interview that he had no immediate information about Hughes' condition, or whether a ransom had been paid.

Militants with the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta said they had sent an earlier e-mail to the news service saying they would free Hughes "very soon." They said they had not been paid to do that.

Hughes was among 27 oil workers kidnapped by militants who hijacked their vessel in early September.

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