Nightly News   |  October 24, 2013

Capt. Phillips: Kidnapping for ransom ‘is the M.O.’ for Nigerians

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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>>> just a few hours ago we spoke by satellite from norfolk, virginia, with captain richard phillips who knows the waters and sadly knows what it ee's like when pirates board your vessel to take hostages. beyond your obvious concern for your fellow merchant mariners , what does your gut tell you about this one?

>> i know they are fellow marian a mariners. they are to a ty. they wouldn't get where they are without the abilities they have. i think they will do at all seamen do around the world and will make the most of it and do their best.

>> the kidnapping aspect, boarding the vessel, taking crew members and the world waits to hear where they pop up again and what the demand is must trouble you greatly.

>> this is the m.o. they will usually take a captain or chief engineer , bring them ashore and hide them so no rescue attempt can be made. it is dangerous in the gulf of guinea but also on the land in nigeria. you have a revolutionary type groups going on. you have al qaeda -type people there. you have a government there. you need oil companies in there with a lot of oil and exploration going on there. that mix is a dangerous mix for the season.

>> captain richard phillips with us from norfolk today. thank you very much for your time.

>> thank you very much, brian.