September 22nd, 2010
10:41 AM ET

French nationals kidnapped from oil ship near Nigeria

Three French nationals were kidnapped overnight in an attack on their oil-services ship off the coast of Nigeria, the company they work for said Wednesday.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack on the Bourbon Alexandre by several speedboats, said Bourbon, the oil services company, in a written statement.

The French Foreign Ministry is "mobilizing in Paris and Abuja, (Nigeria,) to secure their release. We are in close contact with the Nigerian authorities, the Bourbon group and the victims' families," it said.

- CNN's Saskya Vandoorne in Paris, France, contributed to this report.

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  1. John

    The only reason these pirates are still in "BUSINESS" is because everybody is so quick to give in and pay millions in ransom demands and as long as it continues then these pirates have no reason to stop, instead of paying millions in ransom, that money should be put into the Navies patroling those waters so that they can have more warships, personel and equiptment to stop these pirates from prospering in easy pickings. (that's how the pirates look at it, "easy pickings.) It is probably cheaper to put the millions in these Navies.

    September 22, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. philipe

    John, zzzat iz ee zeh fer zhew to shay my leetle Aymericon frinn. Eef you warr zee Franch naionile yor personell banc accaunt noomber wood be theirs!

    September 22, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. hardy musa

    Its high time nations of the world come together to fight this menace.

    September 22, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |