(NBC NEWS) Nigerian military officials said Friday they had no leads in the hunt for two Americans kidnapped at sea off Africa’s west coast, an area that has become a fertile ground for pirates in recent years.

“Yes, we are aware that they are missing, but we still do not have any information on the whereabouts of the men,” Nigerian navy spokesman Kabiru Aliyu said.  “But we have deployed search-and-rescue teams who are currently combing the creeks. We are doing our best to find them.”

The constant flow of massive cargo ships in the Gulf of Guinea has become a fertile hunting ground for pirates. NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski reports.

 

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