LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's military says its troops have rescued a French sailor kidnapped by pirates off the coast of Togo.
Spokesman Lt. Col. Onyema Nwachukwu said youths in Nigeria's southern Bayelsa state told authorities about the presence of a foreigner, and a military rescue operation was launched. He said the captors escaped before the soldiers arrived Tuesday.
Pirates attacked the French-flagged oil tanker MT Adour in the Gulf of Guinea last Thursday. French marines and Nigerian naval service members stormed the vessel, but French sailor Benjamin Elman, 28, was taken hostage.
The oil-rich Gulf of Guinea is becoming the world's hottest piracy spot though experts say many attacks are not reported for several reasons, including the security of hostages and fears of raising the price of insurance premiums.