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PRAETORIA, October 24. (Itar-Tass) – Pirates attacked an auxiliary watercraft of an oil company near Nigerian shore and took two U.S. citizens hostage. According to the statement made by Nigerian security services on Thursday, Sea Retriever’s captain and senior mechanic were captured by the pirates. The vessel flying American colors belongs to Edison Chouest company.
Piracy in the area is becoming more prominent in the recent years – its threat has even surpassed maritime crime in Somali region.