Lagos: An anti-piracy watchdog says five sailors have been kidnapped off the coast of Nigeria`s oil-rich southern delta.
The International Maritime Bureau said in a note today that the five sailors had been kidnapped Thursday some 45 nautical miles off the coast of Brass.
The bureau said the pirates came on a speed boat and a supply vessel, attacking the sailor`s container ship. The bureau said the pirates kidnapped the five sailors and left the rest of the crew unharmed.
Commodore Kabir Aliyu, a Nigerian navy spokesman, declined to immediately comment today.
The Gulf of Guinea, which follows the continent`s southward curve from Liberia to Gabon, has seen an escalation in violent pirate attacks. Insurers have listed Nigeria, neighboring Benin and nearby waters in the same risk category as Somalia.