News ID: 76993 |
Publish Date: 09:07 - 26 October 2017

Pirates Kidnap Crew from Containership in Nigerian Waters

Six crew from a German container vessel have been kidnapped in Nigerian waters, a shipping company said on Tuesday.

Pirates Kidnap Crew from Containership in Nigerian Waters
Four of those taken are Filipino, and one is a Ukrainian national, according to the Philippines department of labor and Ukrainian foreign ministry, MANA correspondent reported.
Kidnapping for ransom is a common problem in parts of Nigeria. A number of foreigners have, in the last few years, been kidnapped in the Niger Delta, source of most of the crude oil which is Nigeria’s economic mainstay.
“The vessel was attacked by pirates on early Saturday morning when it was approaching one of the ports of Nigeria,” said a spokesman for Peter Doehle Schiffahrts KG.
“Six of the crew were taken off the ship and they are now held by kidnappers in Nigeria,” he said. There were no German nationals among the kidnapped but the spokesman declined to say where those abducted were from.
Those kidnapped comprise four Filipinos, one Ukrainian and one Hungarian, officials from the countries involved told Reuters.
At the time of the statement there was no official contact with the kidnappers and the vessel had moved away from Nigerian waters with the 12 remaining crew safe, the spokesman said.
“The top priority is to try and establish contact with the kidnappers and try to have a quick and safe release of our seafarers,” he said.
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