Correction: Nigeria-Pirates story

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Posted: Dec 24, 2014 7:21 AM

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.