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AFX News Limited: Shell says nine of the 25 missing contractors in Nigeria released

LONDON (AFX) – Nine of the 25 contractors of Royal Dutch Shell PLC who were abducted during an attack by armed separatist militants on Monday have been released, a Shell spokeswoman said.

‘We’ve learned that nine of the 25 contractors have just been released,’ she said.

The contractors were working on a supply boat yesterday when they were attacked by a number of armed men on high-speed motorboats.

Several Nigerian soldiers were killed in the confrontations, according to Nigerian press reports.

Responsibility for the attack was claimed by the Joint Revolutionary Council, a structure which groups together several separatist movements.

The JRC said in a statement published by several dailies that the attack was aimed at obtaining the immediate release of Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo Asar, the imprisoned leader of the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force.

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