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Two Americans kidnapped from ship off Nigerian coast released


ABUJA, Nigeria - Two sailors from the United States who were kidnapped on October 23 by pirates from their ship off the coast of Nigeria have been released, the State Department said on Tuesday.

The two men were taken after gunmen attacked the U.S.-flagged C-Retriever, a 222-foot (67 meter) vessel owned by U.S. marine transport group Edison Chouest Offshore.

Pirate attacks off Nigeria's coast have jumped by a third this year as ships passing through West Africa's Gulf ofGuinea, a major commodities route, have come under threat from gangs wanting to snatch cargoes and crews.