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SA man kidnapped in Nigeria released

The seven kidnapped workers were on Sunday released by their abductors with various degrees of injuries.

Picture: AFP.

ABUJA - A South African man and six others kidnapped in Calabar, in southern Nigeria have been released.

The men, who work for Perth-based mining company McMahon Holdings, were part of a group driving on the outskirts of the city, when they were ambushed and attacked by gunmen on Wednesday.

The seven kidnapped workers were on Sunday released by their abductors with various degrees of injuries.

An aide to the Cross River state governor, Mr Jude Ngaji, who confirmed the release of the abducted workers, however said it was not true that the victims all sustained injuries.

A ransom is believed to have paid to secure the release of the workers consisting five foreign expatriates and two Nigerians even though authorities in Nigeria will not confirm if money were paid to the abductors.

Gunmen believed to be militants had last Wednesday kidnapped the expatriates who were on their way to the office and in the process killed the driver of one of the vehicles that conveyed the workers.