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Nigeria militants say foreign hostages in good health

LAGOS, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Militants in Nigeria's southern Niger Delta on Friday published the details of seven foreign hostages kidnapped from an oil rig this week, saying they were in good health but would be in its custody "for a while". The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) confirmed it was holding two U.S. citizens, two Frenchmen, two Indonesians and a Canadian taken from an offshore rig operated by exploration firm Afren on Sunday. "The abduction of the seven expatriates from the shallow-water Okoro oilfield in Akwa Ibom state was to prevent the Nigerian government from denying the attack on this facility," MEND said in an emailed statement. "The seven individuals are all in good health and will be in our custody for a while," it said. It said the two Americans and one of the Frenchmen were employees of Swiss-based Transocean, the second Frenchman worked for France's Sodexo, the Indonesians worked for Century Energy Ltd and the Canadian worked for local firm Petroleum Projects International (PPI). (For full Reuters Africa coverage and to have your say on the top issues, visit: http://af.reuters.com/ ) (Reporting by Nick Tattersall) Keywords: NIGERIA DELTA/HOSTAGES (nicholas.tattersall@reuters.com; +234 1 463 0257; Reuters messaging: nicholas.tattersall.reuters.com@reuters.net) COPYRIGHT Copyright Thomson Reuters 2010. All rights reserved.

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