Nigerian militants free three Filipino hostages

(Updated 5:03 p.m.) LAGOS, Nigeria — Militants in Nigeria’s southern oil delta said Monday they had destroyed major pipelines in the region and freed three Filipinos taken hostage earlier this month.

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta said it had destroyed crude-bearing pipes run by Chevron Corp. early Monday in Delta State, where the military has launched its largest operation in years against militants.

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