Pirates operating off the coast of Nigeria have allegedly abducted three Lebanese sailors.
This was revealed by the Lebanon Ambassador in Abuja, Hossam Diab.
Diab informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday that the commercial ship; which went missing somewhere between Nigeria and Cameroon, had been hijacked.
The ambassador disclosed that the pirates had released the ship and two sailors; adding that three Lebanese and five people of other nationalities are still among the hostages.
Caretaker Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Charbel Wehbe, had made a series of contacts on Tuesday in efforts to ascertain the fate of the three Lebanese sailors who are currently being held against their will, reports the 961.com.
Meanwhile, the kidnappers have reportedly made contact to demand for a ransom. The exact amount has not been made public yet.
Attacks by pirates are common off the coast of Nigeria.
Earlier in November, 1st News had reported that daredevil pirates had struck once again in Nigerian waters; kidnapping 10 crew members from a ship in the Gulf of Guinea.
Specifically, the incident reportedly took place approximately 52 nautical miles north west of Brass oil terminal in Bayelsa.
Among the crew members kidnapped were four Indian seafarers. Other crew members who were taken hostage by the pirates include three Lebanese, two Egyptians; as well as one Cameroonian. However, two crew members from Cameroon were left on board the vessel by the pirates.
The attacked vessel is managed by Miro Shipping, Tripoli, Lebanon. The ship, a cargo vessel named ‘Milan’ was flagged off from the island of St Kitts.
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