(Source Reuters) Pirates , operating off the coast of Nigeria ,attacked the US-flagged C-Retriever-a 222′ oil supply ship,owned by Edison Chouset Offshore,early Wednesday morning : kidnapping its Captain and its Chief Engineer – both of whom are American citizens.
It is rare for commercial vessels in these waters to be armed, and they often have to dock to conduct operations : making them vulnerable to armed gangs of pirates.
Such attacks have increased by one third this year-with gangs seizing cargos and holding crews for ransom.
There was a similar incident a day earlier, when 3 Nigerian soldiers were killed as armed robbers attacked a vessel carrying construction workers.
Here’s an update: Both men have been freed. Circumstances not revealed.