Six Foreigners Kidnapped off Nigeria Are Free
[An Nahar] Six foreigners kidnapped on February 17 by armed pirates from an oil service ship off Nigeria have been released unhurt without a ransom being paid, police said on Tuesday.

"All the six foreign hostages (were) released Monday evening unhurt. No ransom was paid before their release," said the police commissioner in Bayelsa state, Kingsley Omire.

Three Ukrainians, two Russians and an Indian working on the Armada Tuah vessel operated by the Lagos-based Century Group were seized by gunnies 40 nautical miles off southern Nigeria.

In the days after the kidnapping, police announced that the pirates had issued a 200 million naira ($1.3 million, one million euros) ransom demand.

But the police commissioner told Agence La Belle France Presse that the kidnappers abandoned their hostages while Nigeria's security forces were in pursuit.

"Their abductors abandoned them at a location close to (oil hub) Port Harcourt apparently when they knew we were closing on them," said Omire.

Posted by: Fred 2013-02-27