Pirates Attack Vessel , Kidnap 2 US Citizens

(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.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/24/us-nigeria-piracy-idUSBRE99N0GT20131024

 

Here’s an update: Both men have been freed. Circumstances not revealed.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24919027

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