LAGOS Feb 8 Pirates have kidnapped seven
Russians and one Ukrainian after attacking the cargo ship the
BBC Caribbean off the coast of Nigeria, the Russian embassy said
on its official Twitter account.
The embassy has asked Nigerian authorities to assist in
locating the abducted people, it said late on Tuesday.
The Nigerian navy and police were not immediately available
The general cargo vessel BBC Caribbean is managed by Briese
"The armed pirates approached (the vessel) in a boat,
captured the crew and left on the boat at the direction of the
Nigerian shores," said Pavel Fedulov, the director of a Briese
Schiffahrts subsidiary in St Petersburg, according to Russian
news organisation RBC.
No firearms were used during the attack, he was quoted as
Security experts class West Africa's waters, especially off
Nigeria where most of the pirates originate, as some of the
world's most dangerous, with attackers often targeting oil
tankers as well as hostages to ransom.
As oil prices have dropped, pirate gangs have taken to
abducting crew for ransom as a way to make more money.
Security analysts say the pirates have emerged from militant
groups in Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta.
(Reporting by Angela Ukomadu; Additional reporting by Tife
Owalabi in Yenagoa, Ulf Laessing in Lagos and Vladimir Soldatkin
in Moscow; Writing by Paul Carsten; Editing by Alison Williams)