Canadian, Robert Croke, is among 19 people released from captivity following a military raid in Nigeria.
Robert Croke, a father of three sons and a resident of Torbay, N.L., was taken hostage, along with two Americans, two French citizens and two people from Indonesia
, during a Nov. 8 attack on an oil
rig operating off the coast of the African country.
A negotiator told The Associated Press that 19 hostages were freed on Wednesday after a military operation that saw the release of the Afren workers along with seven Exxon Mobil Corp. employees who were taken from an oil
platform this week. Five other hostages were also freed.
The negotiator spoke on condition of anonymity as the military operation was continuing.
The French Foreign Ministry confirmed that the two French citizens have also been released. In a statement, the ministry welcomed the "happy ending" and thanked all those who helped win their release.
➥ CBC News - World - Canadian freed after Nigeria kidnapping
is among 19 people released from captivity following a military raid in Nigeria.
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