Pirates attacked a tugboat near the Brass River crude oil export terminal in Nigeria, kidnapping the ship’s captain and an engineer, two security sources said. The Italian oil company Eni operates the terminal.
Attacks by armed gangs are common along the winding creeks of the Niger Delta, home to Africa’s biggest oil industry. They make millions of dollars out of ransoms.
“The tugboat was coming from Port Harcourt in Rivers State to Brass to load petroleum at the terminal. Gunmen who were about seven in number … boarded it”, a Nigerian state security source said of Saturday’s attack.