Tanker hostages taken off Nigeria released

Two Greeks and a Pakistani man who were taken hostage on board the Kalamos oil tanker off the coast of Nigeria on February 4 have been released by their captors, the company that owns the ship said on Wednesday.

“Two Greek nationals and one Pakistani seafarer are currently in hospital in Nigeria being examined and treated as necessary,” said Aeolos Management in a statement.

“Following this examination and depending upon medical advice they will be flown home to be reunited with their families. Further support will be provided to the seafarers and their families when they return home and begin the recovery process from their traumatic experience.”

The vessel’s chief officer, a Greek, was killed when the raid happened at the beginning of the month.

Aeolos said it would not release further details about how the pirates operated and how the release of the three crew members was secured as “this might encourage further attacks and hostage taking.”