Indian kidnapped by pirates near Nigeria rescued

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Bhardwaj was kidnapped along with four colleagues from different countries when their ship Sampatiki was at sea.

Bhardwaj was kidnapped when his ship was around 30 nautical miles off Nigerian capital Lagos. (Representational Image: AFP)

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said Santosh Bhardwaj, an Indian who was kidnapped by pirates near Nigeria in March, has been rescued.

"I am extremely happy to inform that Santosh Bhardwaj has been rescued from pirates in Nigeria," Sushma said in a tweet along with a picture of Santosh's wife Kanchan.

Bhardwaj was kidnapped along with four colleagues from different countries when their ship Sampatiki was at sea, around 30 nautical miles off Nigerian capital Lagos.

His wife Kanchan in a video message thanked Sushma Swaraj and the ministry of affairs for assuring her all help and keeping the faith alive that soon she would be reunited with her husband.

सुषमा जी, कंचन और उसका पूरा परिवार ताउम्र आपका आभारी रहेगा.आपकी वजह से उनकी खुशियाँ लौटी हैं @SushmaSwaraj pic.twitter.com/BY0C3XlCRh

— Ajit Anjum (@ajitanjum) May 11, 2016

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