Greek sailor kidnapped by pirates off coast of Nigeria

A Greek sailor was taken hostage on Tuesday, when 10 armed men boarded an oil tanker off the west coast of Africa, the Merchant Ministry announced.

The Marshall Islands-flagged Althea came under armed attack about 35 nautical miles south of Nigeria.

The Greek first engineer and the Ukrainian captain were kidnapped by the pirates but none of the remaining 16 crew was harmed.

The ministry did not give any details about the Greek sailor’s identity.