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Hungarian hostage freed in Nigeria

A Hungarian citizen kidnapped three weeks ago from a container ship off the coast of Nigeria has returned home safely, Hungaryʼs Counter Terrorism Center (TEK) announced on Sunday. It did not detail the circumstances under which the hostage was freed.

János Hajdu, the director general of TEK, told Hungarian state television channel M1 that the Hungarian citizen kidnapped by Nigerian pirates on October 21 returned home on November 11 and had rejoined his family. Although the conditions in which he was kept by kidnappers were said to be rough, he was reported to be doing well and the kidnappers did not harm him.

Hajdu did not offer details about how the Hungarian came to be freed, nor if a ransom had been paid for his release. He added that TEK, in cooperation with the German secret service, is continuing investigations to identify the kidnappers.

A Ukrainian citizen and four men from the Philippines were kidnapped together with the Hungarian sailor on October 21, but Hajdu did not specify if they, too, had been freed.