Pirates kidnap crew from vessel off Nigeria

Armed pirates have kidnapped five crewmembers from a vessel off Nigeria and shot dead a member of the Nigerian Navy who was guarding the ship.

The attack happened on 9 March around 30 nautical miles off Brass, Nigeria, according to the International Maritime Bureau’s piracy reporting centre. Pirates armed with machine guns in two speed boats approached an offshore support vessel underway. The captain immediately notified the naval escort security boat which maneuvered to engage the attackers. One speed boat closed in from port side of the vessel and crossed the bow, while the other speed boat exchanged fire with the security boat.

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Source: defenceweb.co.za

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