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7 sailors kidnapped off Nigeria

(BRUSSELS2) 7 sailors — 6 Russians and 1 Estonian — were kidnapped during the boarding of the Bourbon Liberty 249, which occurred on October 15, 2012 in Nigeria, its French owner Bourbon confirmed today. “The other 9 crew members who remained on board are safe and in good health. The ship is en route to the Port of Onne. » Pirate attacks are now commonplace in the Niger Delta, which has become as dangerous an area, if not more so, than off the coast of Somalia. The hostages were reportedly repatriated to shore. And on the Russian side, we take it very seriously. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs notably mobilized its embassy in Nigeria to locate the kidnappers and try to free its nationals.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).