Pirates in Nigeria release Russian, Ukrainian sailors

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Pirates in Nigeria have released seven Russian and one Ukrainian sailors that have been in captivity since last month when they were captured on the cargo ship BBC Carribean, Russian news agencies report, citing a human rights activist in Crimea.

The sailors were reportedly released after talks between the owners of the ship and the pirates.

Interfax news agency quoted human rights activist Pavel Butsay, in the city of Sevastopol, as saying the sailors were at a Frankfurt airport and planned to return home next week.

TASS news agency reports Butsay to say that a ransom was paid but did not reveal the sum.

Security experts class West Africa’s waters, especially off Nigeria where many pirates originate, as some of the world’s most dangerous, with attackers often targeting oil tankers and holding hostages for ransom.

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