TSG IntelBrief Quoted: Rebel Group in Nigeria Says It Can Help in Pirate Kidnapping Incident
October 28, 2013
By: Michelle Faul
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Rebels in Nigeria’s troubled and oil-rich Niger Delta said Friday they have been contacted by the kidnappers of two U.S. mariners and can help ensure their safety.
Nigerian Navy spokesman Capt. Kabir Aliyu said a rescue operation has been mounted for the men, whom U.S. officials identified as the captain and chief engineer of the U.S.-flagged C-Retriever offshore supply vessel taken in a Wednesday afternoon attack off the coast of Nigeria.
An email reportedly from the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta said Friday the Americans were captured by a “heavily armed auxiliary outfit” off the town of Brass in the Gulf of Guinea.
Almost all foreigners kidnapped are released once ransoms are paid. A U.S. civilian kidnapped last year from Nigeria’s oil-refining city of Warri was freed after a week in captivity.
But many attacks are not reported and an intelligence brief from The Soufan Group on Friday said the actual number may be double the number reported.
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