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Four foreigners kidnapped by pirates in Nigeria

Lagos, Aug 4 (IANS) Two Nigerian Navy officers were killed and four foreigners -- a Malaysian, an Iranian, a Thai and an Indonesian -- were Saturday taken hostage by suspected pirates, Xinhua reported.

The officers were killed in an attack by gunmen on a ship in southeast Rivers state, said navy spokesperson Commodore Kabir Aliyu.

He said the navy has sent warships and helicopters for a rescue mission.

Nigeria, Africa's largest oil producer, has recorded a total of 293 cases of sea robbery and pirate attacks between 2003 and 2008.