Two Americans kidnapped from a U.S.-flagged oil vessel in the south of Nigeria almost three weeks ago have been released, the State Department said Tuesday.
The captain and the chief engineer of the C-Retriever were taken off the ship during an Oct. 23 attack in the Gulf of Guinea, where piracy dangers are on the rise.
Citing privacy concerns, State Department spokesman Jen Psaki said details about the release and the names of the Americans were not being made public.
"We welcome the release of the two U.S. citizens who were kidnapped from the Retriever," she said.
Experts say it's common for sailors who are abducted in Nigerian waters to be released after a ransom is paid.