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Kidnapped Lithuanian, Ukrainian sailors freed in Nigeria

13 November 2015, 21:46

Vilnius - Two Lithuanian and two Ukrainian sailors kidnapped off Nigeria from their ship last month have been released, the Baltic EU state's government said Friday.

"The sailors have been released," Lithuanian foreign ministry spokesman Kestutis Vaskelevicius told AFP.

He declined to say how the release was secured or whether a ransom had been paid for the safe return of the four men who had been held in southern Nigeria's oil region.

In a statement, the government said the sailors were taken to a local hospital and were in good condition.

Also read: Pirates kidnap Lithuanian, Ukrainian sailors off Nigeria 

In a statement, the government said the sailors were taken to a local hospital and were in good condition.

The cargo ship Solarte, flagged in the Comoro Islands, was attacked on October 19 near Nigeria's oil hub, Port Harcourt.

A total 19 sailors were aboard the ship, comprising three Ukrainians and 16 Lithuanians.

The other crew members managed to evade their attackers.

Scores of kidnappings for ransom have occurred in the Niger Delta, and most of the hostages have been freed after payment of a ransom.



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