Two Germans kidnapped off Nigerian coast

10:45, July 05, 2010      

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Two German sailors were kidnapped Friday night by a group of gunmen as their ship was off the coast of Nigeria's oil-rich region, together with other 10 people from some other countries, the German Foreign Ministry confirmed Sunday.

"We are making urgent efforts, together with the Nigerian authorities, to make these two Germans come back," a spokeswoman said.

The ministry said it has set up a crisis-response team in Berlin.

The attack on the ship called BBC Palonia took place Friday evening off the coast of the Niger Delta region near the Bonny River fairway, Nigerian navy officers said Saturday.

Nigerian police spokeswoman Rita Abbey said earlier that sailors tried to resist the pirates during the attack and one Ukrainian sailor was shot dead while other 12 were taken hostage, who were from as Latvia, Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania and Germany.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far. The whereabouts of the kidnapped sailors are unknown.

Nigerian Navy said they had begun to investigate the incident and were working hard to track down the pirates.

Pirates' activities off the coast of oil-rich Niger Delta were common in recent years.

Source: Xinhua


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