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LAGOS (AFP) – Nigerian kidnappers have released three Syrians and a Lebanese working in the construction sector in Nigeria’s oil-rich southern region, police said Wednesday.

“The men were released unhurt on Monday,” Rivers State police spokeswoman Rita Abbey told AFP.

She could not say if a ransom was paid for the release of the three Syrians and one Lebanese, abducted on Thursday.

A police officer attached to the construction firm was killed when gunmen launched the attack, the latest to rock oil-rich Nigeria in recent weeks.

On March 31, gunmen kidnapped a local employee of French oil group Total on his way to work in the country’s oil hub of Port Harcourt.

Hundreds of mostly foreign and local oil workers have been kidnapped in the Niger Delta since 2006. Many have been released unharmed, some only after ransom payments.

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