Gunmen kidnap 4 foreigners, kill 2 sailors in Niger Delta
Sat Aug 4, 2012 2:56PM
Four expatriates are reported to have been kidnapped from the vessel. Two sailors were killed." Nigerian navy spokesman Commodore Kabir Aliyu.Armed men have kidnapped four foreigners and killed two Nigerian navy sailors after attacking a vessel belonging to a Dutch oil services company off the coast of Nigeria. "Four expatriates are reported to have been kidnapped from the vessel. Two sailors were killed," Nigerian navy spokesman Commodore Kabir Aliyu said on Saturday. The nationalities of the kidnapped foreigners have not been revealed yet.
Six naval personnel -- all Nigerians -- were aboard the vessel, which belongs to the Sea Truck oil services company, for security. Two navy sailors were wounded in the raid.The heavily polluted Niger delta is Nigeria's main oil-producing region. In 2009, an amnesty for militants ended years of conflict in the region.
The International Maritime Bureau has recorded 17 pirate attacks in Nigerian waters this year - a significant increase on 2011.A member of Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Nigeria produces about 2.4 million barrels of oil per day, but virtually all of its petroleum products are imported due to corruption, mismanagement and violence at its refineries. PG/JR