The United States is investigating reports that pirates kidnapped two Americans from a U.S.-flagged ship off the coast of Nigeria in West Africa, where security has been a growing concern.
The incident involves a U.S.-flagged vessel, the 222-foot C-Retriever, in the Gulf of Guinea.
“We are seeking additional information about the incident,” the State Department said.
The ship’s captain and chief engineer were abducted early Wednesday morning, according to the British security firm AKE. Rick Filon of AKE said Nigerian Central Naval Command has provided no additional information.