Hijackers take two boats, hostages, off Nigeria-sources

By REUTERS
November 19, 2011 10:40

 
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ABUJA - Gunmen boarded two fishing vessels just off the coast of Nigeria and took two people hostage, security sources said on Saturday, the latest in a series of hijackings in the waters around Africa's largest oil business.

The captains of the two boats were taken early on Friday, the same day eight pirates took three hostages from an oil supply vessel contracted by Chevron Corp, two security sources close to the incidents said.

Chevron confirmed the attack on the vessel owned by its contractor, the second hijacking on ships hired by the US major off the coast of Nigeria this month.

Both attacks on Friday were in waters around President Goodluck Jonathan's home state of Bayelsa, where military security has been bolstered in recent days amid a fierce political row.

Bayelsa has hundreds of kilometers of oil pipelines and other industry infrastructure crucial to Africa's largest crude exporter. Violence in the Niger Delta's vast swamps and waterways has in the past cut oil output, moving global prices.

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