Tue, 25 Jun 2019

Pirates off the coast of Nigeria have kidnapped 12 crew members of a Swiss vessel, including workers from Philippines, Slovenia, Ukraine, Romania, Croatia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The crew members were abducted on September 22 from the vessel that was traveling between the cities of Lagos and Port Harcourt.

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) said on September 23 that seven of those abducted were from the Philippines and one from each of the other five countries.

The 12 workers were still missing. Kidnapping for ransom is a common problem in parts of Nigeria.

A number of foreigners have been kidnapped in the last few years in the southern Niger Delta region, source of most of the oil that is the mainstay of the West African state's economy.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

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