Gunmen Seize 12 Sailors in Ship Attack Off Nigerian Coast

Published on Monday 5th July 2010

Gunmen have kidnapped 12 foreign sailors after attacking a cargo ship in the waters off the coast of Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta region.

The attack according to Navy spokesman David Nabaida left one of the crew members injured from gunshots while 12 were taken hostage.

Nabaida said information he has is that the attacked vessel, the BBC Polonia, is German-flagged, but according to the website, it is an Antigua Barbuda registered ship which was heading to Nigeria's Onne port, situated on the Bonny Estuary, close to the oil hub of Port Harcourt.

The navy managed to board the vessel and sailed it to safety at Bonny anchorage, Nabaida said.

The crew member who was injured in the attack is Ukrainian and is in a stable condition at a hospital in Bonny, he added.

Nabaida identified the seized crew as seven Russians, two Germans, one Lithuanian, a Latvian and another Ukrainian.

The Baltic state of Lithuania confirmed from Vilnius that one of its nationals was among the snatched seafarers. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.



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