Germany confirms two kidnapped in ship attack off Nigeria

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German authorities confirmed Sunday that two of its nationals were among 12 foreign sailors kidnapped after gunmen attacked a cargo ship in the waters off the coast of Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta.

Germany's foreign ministry has set up a crisis team and "is working in cooperation with the Nigerian authorities to ensure that the two Germans are freed," a spokeswoman told AFP.

The vessel attacked on Saturday, the BBC Polonia, is German-flagged, according to Nigerian navy officer David Nabaida.

But according to the website, it is an Antigua Barbuda registered ship which was heading to Nigeria's Onne port, situated on the Bonny estuary, close to the oil hub of Port Harcourt.

The navy managed to board the vessel and sailed it to safety at Bonny anchorage, Nabaida said.

One of the crew members, a Ukrainian national, was injured in the attack and is in a stable condition in hospital, the officer added.

Nabaida identified the seized crew as seven Russians, two Germans, one Lithuanian, a Latvian and another Ukrainian.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

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