Nigeria says it has rescued three foreigners who were abducted by pirates

Three foreign sailors — two Russians and an Indian — who had been kidnapped by pirates have been rescued, the Nigerian Navy has said.

The three were saved in an operation late on Tuesday January 7th by a navy team in the southwestern coastal state of Ondo, spokesperson Suleman Dahun told Agence France Presse.

Dahun said that one of the kidnappers had been arrested. Nigerian security sources also said that several pirates had been killed and operations were underway to seize the others.

The week before, pirates had attacked hopper dredger Ambika (IMO 7931026) in the Niger Delta. They kidnapped three foreigners and killed four military armed guards.

1979-built, 2,153 gt Ambika is owned by Ashtavinayak Hydrocarbon Ltd care of manager Deep Frontline Shippers Ltd of Lagos, Nigeria.