Pirates have kidnapped four sailors after attacking their vessel off Nigeria's coast, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has said.
The hostages were foreigners - three of them Italian, AP news agency reports.
Gunmen stormed the vessel off Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta region, before seizing the four and fleeing, the IMB said.
Kidnapping is a lucrative enterprise worth millions of dollars a year in Nigeria, Africa's main oil producer.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Pirates raid 'Italian' ship off Nigeria and take crew