Eighteen Indians, who were kidnapped by pirates from a Hong Kong-flagged vessel near the Nigerian coast, have been released. The Indian High Commission in Nigeria, in a tweet, confirmed the release of 18 Indian nationals, taken hostage from MT Nave Constallation on 3 December. The Indian High Commission High Commission thanked all stake holders including Nigerian Navy and Shiping Company for their safe release.
Official sources said following the reports of kidnapping of the Indians, the country's mission in Nigeria approached the African nation's authorities for help to ascertain the details and rescue the abducted Indians.

According to ARX Maritime, a global agency tracking maritime developments in the region said, 19 people were kidnapped, out of them, 18 were Indians.

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