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Commercial sailors kidnapped by pirates

An anti-piracy watchdog says five sailors were kidnapped off the coast of Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta.

The International Maritime Bureau said in a note Monday that the five sailors had been kidnapped Thursday some 45 nautical miles off the coast of Brass.

“Fourteen heavily armed pirates in two boats, one supply boat with the name UTAY 8 and the other is a speed boat with orange hull and blue wheelhouse approached and boarded a container ship under way,” the IMB stated.

The bureau said the pirates came on a speed boat and a supply vessel, attacking the sailor's container ship. The bureau said the pirates kidnapped the five sailors and left the rest of the crew unharmed.

The IMB updates a map of piracy attacks or attempted attacks.

Click here for a report by Reuters.