Pirates have kidnapped nine Georgian sailors from a Panama-flagged tanker in the waters of the African country of Nigeria.
The Georgian Maritime Transport Agency said the pirates have kidnapped a total of ten sailors including Georgian citizens on April 30.
The agency is maintaining communication with the ship-owner company. Reportedly, four other Georgian sailors remain safe on their ship.
The Georgian economy and foreign ministries, together with the agency, are working with the the ship-owner company to safely rescue the kidnapped Georgian sailors.