YENAGOA, Nigeria, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- The Nigerian Navy has confirmed the abduction of two American sailors by suspected pirates off the coast of Brass Island in the Niger Delta.
The expatriates, whose identities could not be ascertained, were aboard a U.S.-flagged oil vessel, C-Retriever, with other crew members when they were attacked by suspected pirates.
The Director of Naval Information, Kabiru Aliyu, who confirmed the report on Thursday on phone to newsmen in Yenagoa, said the Navy had swung into action to rescue the Americans.
"The Nigerian Navy has received a report of the attack of a U.S. -flagged vessel C-RETRIEVER... Accordingly, the Nigerian Navy has directed its operational commands and the operational bases to search and rescue the crew members and the vessel," Aliyu said.
The victims of the kidnap were the captain of the vessel and the chief engineer.
Incidence of pirates attack in the Niger Delta has been frequent in the past one week in the region. Last Tuesday, pirates abandoned their vessel on the Odioma River in Brass Island and escaped after their encounter with a patrol team of the Navy. Also last Wednesday, pirates shot and killed two soldiers in an ambush on the waterways of Ikuru community in Rivers State.