Pirates attacked an oil products tanker off the coast of Nigeria and kidnapped its Ukrainian captain and a Greek engineer, the officials reported.

The 6.500 ton Marshall Islands-flaggged MT ALTHEA with 18 crew members on board was attacked by a group of 10 pirates, the officials said. The ship's manager, Piraeus-based Medtankers Management, confirmed the attack.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Ukrainian Embassy in Nigeria and Greece in cooperation with the ship-owner company and competent Nigerian authorities are taking measures to establish places of hostages and to release them.

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