Armed pirates have attacked
an oil supply vessel off the Nigerian coast and kidnapped the
captain and chief engineer, both United States citizens,
security sources said on Thursday.
The US-flagged, Edison Chouest-owned C-Retriever was
attacked in the early hours of Wednesday, UK-based security firm
AKE and two security sources said. The company was not
immediately available for comment.
Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea region, which includes Africa's
No. 1 oil producer Nigeria and is a significant source of cocoa
and metals for world markets, is increasing costs for shipping
firms operating there.