The Clarion-Ledger reports Jeff James of Winona, Miss., was with James Robertson of Silver Creek, Miss., and others when gunmen attacked the oil rig operated by London-based Afren PLC. The ship was about seven miles off the coast of Akwa Ibom, a state in the Southern coastal part of the country.
Another Mississippian, James "Butch" Johnson of Pass Christian, Miss., is in a London hospital after being shot in the same raid, but was not a hostage, officials have said.
The newspaper reported that James' wife, Betty James, would not comment.
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