updated 11/7/2006 8:32:11 AM ET 2006-11-07T13:32:11

Two oil workers, one Briton and one American, taken hostage in Nigeria were released Tuesday after five days in captivity, a state government spokesman said.

The two men were working on a ship off the Nigerian coast for Norway’s Petroleum Geo-Services when they were abducted by armed militants demanding basic amenities and cash.

“The hostages have just been released. They are doing fine,” said Bayelsa state government spokesman Ekiyor Conrad Welson.

Their release had been expected on Sunday and Monday, but negotiators said it was held up by increasing ransom demands and the community in which the hostages were being held.

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