Thai hostages off Nigerian coast 'safe'
- Published: 8/08/2012 at 12:32 PM
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All Thai crewmen on board a vessel hijacked by pirates off the Nigerian coast are safe, Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said on Wednesday.
A naval officer assembles his machine gun before starting a patrol of the Niger Delta region in 2004. (AFP Photo)
Pirates in the Gulf of Guinea last week took over a support services vessel belonging to Sea Trucks Group (STG), a Dutch-based oil and gas company. They reportedly killed two local employees and held four foreign employees as hostages.
Mr Surapong said STG informed the Thai embassy in Abuja, Nigeria, that the company's representatives had talked to the crew and all of them were safe.
The company would not disclose further details because of safety concerns.
"I've told the Thai embassy in Nigeria to coordinate with the embassies of Malaysia, Indonesia and other Asean member countries in asking the Nigerian government to help and to refrain from drastic measures," the minister said.
On Sept 2010, Thais were among the crew of another STG ship captured by pirates. The crew were rescued about a month later.
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