Lagos, Nigeria (4E) – Pirates attacked an oil platform supply ship and took its two American crews hostage off the coast of Nigeria on Wednesday.
The kidnapped captain and chief engineer were among the 13 crew of the C-Retriever , according to unnamed U.S. defense officials. They were taken to an unknown location and their conditions were also unknown.
The State Department, FBI and U.S. embassy in Lagos are reportedly gathering information on the piracy incident, which no one has claimed responsibility so far.
Louisiana-based Edison Chouest Offshore, which owns the vessel, has yet to issue a statement on the attack that happened in the Gulf of Guinea, some 40 miles off the coast of Brass.
The International Maritime Bureau considers the area pirates-infested and counted 40 piracy incidents, including seven ship hijackings and kidnapping of 132 ship crews, occurring there this year.
The gulf accounts for 30 percent of 1,434 reported piracy attacks in African waters from 2003 to 2011 and 62 attacks happened this year, according to London-based think tank Chatham House.