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Pirates kidnap 19 crew members of Greek tanker off Nigeria

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Pirates have kidnapped 19 crew members from a crude oil tanker off Nigeria, an official with the ships operator said on Thursday.

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The loaded vessel was attacked 77 nautical miles off Bonny island late on Dec. 3 and the crew – 18 Indians and one Turk – were seized, the official said.

Another seven crew members remain on board the vessel. Neither the vessel nor the cargo were damaged, the official said.

The Hong Kong-flagged supertanker Nave Constellation, capable of carrying up to 2 million barrels of oil, is operated by Greek shipping company Navios Tankers Management.

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