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Oct 24, 2013 5:12 PM

Update: Americans kidnapped; rest of crew left on ship

According to ABC News, the armed pirates that stormed the U.S. flagged ship off the coast of Nigeria, separated the crew by nationality before kidnapping the two Americans on board. The pirates also damaged the communications and navigation equipment as they departed from the ship.

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Representatives for the Nigerian Navy said they were aware of the incident and are taking action. "We have directed the central Naval Command to see to their rescue. So our men are on top of the situation," spokesman Kabiru Aliyu told Reuters.

The Associated Press reports the captain and an engineer were taken away from the offshore supply vessel during the Wednesday afternoon attack in international waters of the Gulf of Guinea. The pair were kidnapped from the U.S.-flagged vessel named C-Retriever, a 222-foot ship owned by Edison Chouest Offshore of Louisiana. The vessel and 11 other members of the crew were released, according to an official who did not want to be identified.

Nigerian Navy Capt. Kabir Aliyu confirmed that there was an attack. It was unclear whether a ransom demand had been made. The U.S. defense official said the U.S. Navy is monitoring the situation and that the closest military vessel is a Dutch Navy ship in the Gulf of Guinea with 90 U.S. Marines aboard as part of an Africa training mission.

Edison Chouest Offshore did not immediately return requests for comment.

 

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