Nigerian militant group demands 1.5 mln USD for release of Russian sailors
Nigeria's main militant group, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), has demanded 1.5 million U.S. dollars ransom for the release of two Russian sailors abducted from a vessel at a port in Cameroon last month, Xinhua reported.
The North Spirit vessel with a Russian-Ukrainian crew, flying the flag of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and owned by Greece's Balthellas Chartering S.A., was attacked on May 16 while anchored in Cameroon's largest port of Douala.
"The hostages will not be released until the ship owners pay 1.5 million dollars," a local militant based in Bayelsa State, Perewei told Xinhua on phone.
MEND is holding Russia's Captain Boris Tersintsev and Chief Engineer Officer Igor Shumik hostage in Nigeria and has forced Tersintsev to get in touch with the ship's owners and tell them how badly they are being treated.
A security source told Xinhua on Thursday that the captain communicated that they are being held in a mangrove forest without clean drinking water.