Nigeria - Kidnapped Russian And Estonian Crew Freed In Niger Delta

Russian and Estonian sailors abducted from a French-owned ship off Nigeria's coast last month have been freed, a Nigerian military spokesman has said.
The spokesman said the military helped free the six Russians and one Estonian captured by gunmen on 12 October.

French shipping company Bourbon said the crew had faced "difficult conditions" in captivity.

There has been a spate of attacks on cargo ships off the West African coast in recent months, often for ransom.

In a statement, Bourbon said the sailors appeared to be in good health.

It would not give details about the "context" in which the crew was released or what the kidnappers' demands were, the company said.

The Nigerian military's Joint Task Force (JTF) spokesman, Col Onyema Nwachukwu, told the AFP news agency that troops from the unit were involved in securing the release of the crew.
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