Kidnappers Release Seven Macmahon Workers Held in South Nigeria

  • Five of kidnap victims injured, two seriously, company says
  • State police commissioner says no ransom paid for release

Seven employees of Macmahon Holdings Ltd. who were kidnapped in Nigeria have been released.

Five of the men were injured, two of them seriously, Perth, Australia-based Macmahon said in a statement on Sunday.

The group, seized by gunmen near the city of Calabar in southeastern Nigeria on June 22, included three Australians, one South African, a New Zealander and two Nigerians. Their local driver was killed during the attack. Macmahon is a contractor of cement maker LafargeHolcim Ltd.

No ransom was paid for their release, the commissioner of police in Cross River state, Jimoh Ozi-Obeh, told reporters.

Cross River state, whose capital is Calabar, is part of Nigeria’s oil-producing region where a resurgence of attacks by militants on pipelines has sent crude output plunging to a 27 year-low. The state, which borders Cameroon, is far from the epicenter of the violence, and it wasn’t possible to say whether the abduction was related to oil militancy.

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