Pirates kidnap 19 crew members of Greek tanker off Nigeria

ATHENS, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Pirates have kidnapped 19 crew members of a crude oil tanker off Nigeria, an official with the ship’s operator said on Thursday.

The vessel was attacked 77 nautical miles off Bonny island on Dec. 3 and the crew were seized, 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. (Reporting by Renee Maltezou; Editing by Jonathan Saul and Hugh Lawson)

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