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MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) - Nigeria's main militant group in its oil-rich southern delta has released a list of hostage names taken from an offshore oil rig.

In an e-mailed communique Friday morning, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta identified the seven men taken during the attack Monday on a rig operating for London-based Afren PLC.

The group identified three men - two from the U.S. and one from France - as working for offshore contractor Transocean Ltd.

The list of 7 names included that of James Robertson, a U.S. worker on the rig for contractor Transocean Ltd. 

WLBT reported earlier this week that Robertson, of Silver Creek, Miss., had been abducted during the attack Monday on the rig 7 miles (11 kilometers) off Nigeria's coast.

An email sent by The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta describes the men as being in good health and they will be in our custody for a while.

Two other workers suffered injuries in Monday's attack including, 58-year old James Butch Johnson of Gulfport.

John has already had one surgery on his wounded leg and faces another operation next week.

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