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We din’t kidnap Russian sailors – MEND

By Emma Amaize
WARRI—MOVEMENT for the Emancipation of the Niger-Delta, MEND, weekend, denied media reports that it took two Russian sailors hostage and was demanding $1.5 million ransoms for their release.

Spokesman of the group, Jomo Gbomo in an online statement, said, “the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, categorically denies reports circulating in some local and international media that the two Russian sailors, Captain Boris Tersintsev and Chief Engineer Igor Shumik abducted on May 16, 2010 in the Cameroon port city of Douala are being held hostage by us for a $1.5 million ransom.

“MEND is aware of the pirate gang holding the two men and their current location but will not intervene.  We can only prevail on the gang not to harm them in any way,” MEND said.


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