Two sailors abducted off Nigeria: Navy spokesman

Pirates abduct 2 sailors off coast of Nigeria`s main oil-producing region.

Lagos: Pirates have abducted two sailors off the coast of Nigeria`s main oil-producing region and military boats were out on Sunday searching for them, a Navy spokesman said.

The kidnappings occurred early Friday about 10 miles (16 kilometres) off Bonny, where Nigeria`s main oil export terminal is located, said Commodore David Nabaida. Abductors took the victims from the MV Eckhardt, he said.

"Pirates kidnapped the captain and the chief engineer," Nabaida said. "We have not been able to establish their nationalities."

Navy officers had no sign of a ransom being demanded and no suspects in the kidnapping, he said. Nabaida did not know which country the ship was from.

The military was not notified of the ship`s presence, as such ships are asked to allow naval officers to escort them, he said.


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