WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — In a story Dec. 23 about piracy in Nigeria, The Associated Press erroneously reported that pirates killed three soldiers in October. The three killed were police officers.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Pirates hijack military gunboat in Nigeria's oil delta
Pirates hijack military gunboat in Nigeria's oil-rich delta, 3 soldiers missing in ambush
WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's military says pirates hijacked a military gunboat and three soldiers are missing after the ambush in the southern oil-rich state of Bayelsa.
Spokesman Col. Mustapha Anka says a team on patrol was ambushed Sunday on the Santa Barbara River, an area rife with pirates.
Anka said a search-and-rescue operation is continuing Tuesday to locate the missing soldiers.
In October, pirates on the same river attacked a police escort for a barge carrying oil. They killed three officers and took off with their gunboat.
Pirates in Nigeria steal oil and also kidnap for ransom.