Pirates kidnap 19 crew members of Greek tanker off Nigeria

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ATHENS (Information) – Pirates have kidnapped 19 crew members of a crude oil tanker off Nigeria, an official with the ship’s operator stated on Thursday.

The vessel was attacked 77 nautical miles off Bonny island on Dec. three and the crew have been seized, the official stated

The Hong Kong-flagged supertanker Nave Constellation, able to carrying as much as 2 million barrels of oil, is operated by Greek transport firm Navios Tankers Administration.

Reporting by Renee Maltezou; Enhancing by Jonathan Saul and Hugh Lawson