Eight sailors kidnapped by Nigerian pirates


Eight sailors, seven from Russia and one from Ukraine, have been kidnapped by pirates off Nigeria.

They were taken from their cargo vessel BBC Caribbean last week, according to the Russian embassy in the West African nation. The vessel is owned by Dutch company Briese Shipping B.V. and flagged in Antigua and Barbuda.

The vessel was 45 nautical miles southwest of Brass near the Pennington Oil Terminal, according to TASS, when it was approached by a skiff with armed men on board who subsequently opened fire.

On 27 November 2016, three Russian sailors were kidnapped from the Saronic Breeze after it was attacked in Benin’s territorial waters. The sailors were freed on 20 December.

Last week the Nigerian Navy reported it had saved the Mt Gaz Providence oil tanker on Tuesday, reacting to a distress call after the ship with a crew of 21 was attacked off southern Bonny Island, reports Associated Press.

In a second incident, the Nigerian Navy said it had chased off pirates trying to hijack the oil tanker Mt Rio Spirit after the vessel had loaded petroleum at ExxonMobil’s Qua Iboe terminal, about 100 kilometers west of Bonny Island.