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8 Foreign Personnel Have Been Abducted Off The Coast Of Nigeria

Pirates have reportedly kidnapped a crew of seven Russians and a Ukrainian off the Nigerian coast.

According to diplomats in Moscow and Kiev the crew were taken hostage after their ship was attacked.

“According to the information of the Russian embassy in Abuja, there has been an armed attack on the cargo ship BBC Caribbean which belongs to German company Briese Schiffahrt,” a Russian foreign ministry statement on Wednesday stated.

“Seven Russian citizens who are members of the crew have been taken hostage,” it said, adding that Russian diplomats are in contact with Nigerian authorities who are presently searching for the vessel.

A Ukrainian consular official said there is also one Ukrainian national on the ship.

“At this time the kidnappers have not made any demands and we don’t know the location of the kidnapped sailors,” said an official with the consular department of Ukraine’s foreign ministry, Vasyl Kyrylych.

Ship monitoring website Marine Traffic states that the BBC Carribean last departed the port of Douala in Cameroon on February 4, headed for Spain’s Las Palmas.

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