Nigerian pirates threaten to kill captured Russian sailor

Maritime bandits who abducted a Russian seaman after a failed attack on a ship off the Nigerian coast threaten to kill the captive unless an unspecified ransom is paid.

Reportedly, six heavily-armed pirates attacked offshore support vessel ‘Bourbon Liberty 251’ last Tuesday in the Gulf of Guinea, 55 nautical miles off the Nigerian coast. The vessel’s crew managed to send a distress signal, alarming Nigerian authorities.

The Nigerian Navy immediately dispatched a task force that sent pirates fleeing, yet they had kidnapped two sailors, obviously to use them as a human shield.

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