Posted: Oct 24, 2013 10:51 AM
Updated: Oct 24, 2013 10:51 AM
Source: WBRZ / Associated Press
WASHINGTON - A U.S. defense official says pirates have attacked a commercial ship registered out of Louisiana near the coast of Nigeria and kidnapped two U.S. mariners.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because this person wasn't authorized to publicly discuss the information. The official said Thursday that a captain and engineer were kidnapped in the Wednesday afternoon incident in international waters of the Gulf of Guinea close to Nigeria.
The official says the two kidnapped from the U.S.-flagged ship named C-Retriever were believed taken ashore to Nigeria. The ship is registered out of Galliano, La. to Edison Chouset Offshore, a marine transportation company which owns and operates offshore service and research vessels.
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