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Russian aluminum giant RusAl has confirmed that two of its Russian
Russian aluminum giant RusAl has confirmed that two of its Russian employees, abducted in December in southern Nigeria, have been released.

The two Russians, who worked at the Alscon plant (the Aluminum Smelter Company of Nigeria), were abducted when armed assailants attacked a RusAl workers compound to the south of the Ikot Abasi port town on December 20.

"The release of the hostages was the result of coordinated action undertaken by RusAl, the security services together with the Nigerian and Russian authorities," the company said in a statement.

Both employees are reported to be in good health and are expected to arrive in Russia in the near future.

"We would like to thank everyone who helped the company to secure the safe return of our employees and especially the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Nigeria and Russian and Nigerian security services," RusAl CEO, Oleg Deripaska, said.

"I would like to especially thank the former hostages and their families for their courage, perseverance and understanding," he went on.

According to media reports, the Russians managed to escape from their captors and wandered around the Niger Delta for about five days before coming across a military patrol.


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