Captives Released by Nigerian Militants

Nigerian militants released eight foreigners, including two Russian nationals, who were abducted Saturday, said the owner of the tanker Berger-Sisar, on which the men worked, the Maritime Bulletin Internet portal reported Sunday.

The tanker was seized in the Nigerian Niger Delta by six armed men on a motorboat. According to the owner of the vessel, the five other crew members were Latvians, and one was from Lithuania. None of the men was harmed, and no ransom was paid to the kidnappers, the portal reported.

Meanwhile, there was no news as of Sunday evening about the fates of five of the 12 seamen on the ship Hercules, which was seized Friday in Nigerian waters. The militants released seven men and the ship after holding them for several hours.

There were conflicting reports during the weekend about the nationalities of the kidnapped men.

According to the owner of the ship, Sweden's Marine Carrier, four of the missing men are Russian nationals and the other is Ukrainian, RIA-Novosti reported Sunday.