Two American citizens abducted off the Nigerian coast last month from a vessel working for Chevron have been released, according to the U.S. embassy in Abuja on Friday.

A Nigerian security source reveled that a Mexican citizen abducted at the same time was also released. The embassy gave no further details about how they were freed but the sources said the kidnappers demanded for ransom to release the expats.

Eight Niger Delta pirates boarded the oil supply vessel contracted to the U.S. energy giant on Nov. 17 taking three workers hostage.

Attacks on ships off the Nigerian coast have assumed alarming proportions threatening the delicate peace brokered by late President Musa Yar’ Adua.

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