Pirates attacked a ship being used by an oil servicing company in waters off southeastern Nigeria on Saturday, killing two Nigerian naval guards and kidnapping four foreigners, the navy said.
"The incident was somewhere around the Niger Delta, where an oil servicing company was attacked by gunmen. We lost two of our men and four expatriates were abducted, one Malaysian, one Iranian," navy spokesman Commodore Kabir Aliyu said.
He said a Thai and an Indonesian were also taken, but had no immediate further details.
Piracy and kidnapping in the Delta and offshore are common, and West Africa's oil-rich Gulf of Guinea is second only to the waters around Somalia for the risk of pirate attacks, which drives up shipping insurance costs.
They are seen as more of a criminal enterprise making huge sums for armed gangs than as anything political.
Saturday, August 04, 2012
Pirates kill 2 Nigerian naval guards, kidnap 4 foreigners