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Three Kidnapped Indians Rescued By Nigerian Security Agents

Channels Television  
Updated January 31, 2014

The three Indians kidnapped off the coast of Equatorial Guinea have been rescued by Nigerian security agents in Bonny Channel in Rivers State where there were held hostage.

Five members of the kidnap gang were arrested in the operation while the leader of the group and others are still at large.

The spokesman for the Department of State Services (DSS), Marilyn Ogar, said that the Indians, Kanishik Jhorar, Mhinder Singh Saini and Balwinder Singh, were rescued on January 30 by the DSS in collaboration with the military.

Ogar, in a statement, explained that they were kidnapped on January 3 while on board a cargo ship, MV SAN MIGUEL belonging to Martinez Hermanos Limitada, an Equatorial Guinea Company.

According to the statement, no ransom was paid for their release.

The Indians have been handed over to the Indian High Commission and the country of their employers, Equatorial Guinea Embassy, respectively on Friday.

Due to the increasing kidnap cases along the West African coast, military presence and surveillance is increasing in the area to ward off kidnappers who usually demand huge sum of money as ransom.