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Monday
Nov082010

Gunmen Take American Hostages Near Nigerian Coast

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LAGOS, Nigeria) -- Gunmen reportedly attacked an oil platform off the Nigerian coast Monday, taking several people hostage.

Officials say the hostages include two American citizens, one of whom was shot and treated for injuries.  One other person was shot.  However, no one was killed during the attack.

The platform was apparently owned by Transocean, an American company, although it may have been operated by a London-based company, according to officials.

Although the Niger Delta is full of militants who regularly attack oil installations, sources were uncertain about the identities of the gunmen.

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