Niger pirates grab Americans

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Two U.S. mariners have been taken hostage after an attack on a U.S. ship 40 miles off the Nigerian coast.

The American captain and chief engineer of the oil platform supply ship C-Retriever were kidnapped by pirates off the coast of Nigeria on Wednesday, news agencies reported.

Maritime industry website gCaptain first reported the incident, saying the "C-Retriever," owned by Louisiana-based marine transport company Edison Chouest, was attacked by pirates near the city of Brass, in the Niger Delta, on Wednesday. Brass sits at the mouth of one of the many rivers and streams that empty into the Gulf of Guinea, forming the Delta, which is home to a number of large international oil platforms and regular industry ship traffic.