One British Hostage Killed in Nigeria, Three Freed, Report Says

Nigerian Navy forces patrol in the creeks to look for illegal oil refineries on April 19, 2017 in the Niger Delta region near the city of Warri. Photographer: STEFAN HEUNIS/AFP

A British national kidnapped in Nigeria’s southern Delta state was killed and three others released, the BBC reported, citing the U.K.’s Foreign Office.

The four were reportedly abducted on October 13, according to the BBC. The state is part of the country’s oil-producing Niger River region, where armed militants have kidnapped foreigners and Nigerians in the past, demanding ransoms for their release.

The British High Commission and Nigerian authorities negotiated the release of the three hostages who survived and the kidnapping is being investigated, a spokesperson for the British Foreign Office, whose name was not given, was quoted as saying.

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