Thursday, 23 September 2010

Three crewmen kidnapped off Nigerian coast

Three French crewmen have been kidnapped from a ship in an oil field off the Nigerian cost. The marine company Bourbon said the ship was attacked by pirates in speedboats on Tuesday, 21st September. The other 13 crew members were unharmed.

So far, there have been no ransom demands and no one has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping. The news comes shortly after reports of five French citizens abducted from a uranium mine in the Niger region on Thursday, 16th September.

It is not yet clear where the attack took place but Bourbon has said the crew were working in an oilfield owned by Addax Petroleum. The company's offshore wells sit about 60km south of the city of Calabar on the eastern edge of the Niger Delta.

"We are fully mobilised to obtain their liberation as soon as we can in Paris and in Abuja with our embassy and with the Nigerian authorities," said French Foreign Ministry spokesman Romain Nadal.

Source: BBC News

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