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Houston Chronicle: Nigerian militants say hostages will be freed soon

E-mail gives son of a captive from Houston area renewed hope
Associated Press
LAGOS, NIGERIA – Militants holding four foreign hostages in Nigeria claimed Sunday they would release the captives soon, according to a statement purportedly from the militant group.
The hostages — a Houston-area man, a Briton, a Bulgarian and a Honduran — were seized near a Shell oil field on Jan. 11 by a group that also claimed responsibility for other oil industry attacks that have cut Nigerian production by almost 10 percent.
“We promise that they would soon join their families, hale and hearty enough to tell the true story of a revolution,” the statement e-mailed to the Associated Press said.
The statement came from an e-mail address known to be used by the Movement for the Emancipation of the People of the Niger Delta, which has claimed responsibility for attacks on the country's oil industry.
On Saturday, the group's leader said that the American hostage, Patrick Landry, was sick and warned that if he dies, his group would kill the remaining hostages.
Landry's son, Dwight, said Sunday he had seen a recent picture of his father and the other hostages and believed all were still alive.
Landry said he was encouraged by the group's apparent pledge to release his father.
“I certainly hope that's the case,” he said.
The militants are demanding the release of two imprisoned figureheads of their ethnic Ijaw group and have threatened more attacks on oil facilities.

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