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8 crew members kidnapped by pirates off Nigeria

8 crew members kidnapped by pirates off Nigeria

- Pirates boarded an unnamed offshore tug and kidnapped eight of the crew members

- The Nigerian Navy responded, but the pirates had escaped before they arrived

- One crew member was injured in the attack and was evacuated by helicopter

On Wednesday, April 19, unidentified pirates boarded an unnamed "offshore tug" in the Gulf of Guinea and kidnapped eight members of the crew, living one injured.

The Nigerian Navy responded to the incident but they were too late as the attackers managed to escape.

One of the crew members who was injured in the attack was evacuated by helicopter. According to the ICC International Maritime Bureau's Piracy Reporting Centre, this was the tenth serious incident in the Gulf of Guinea this year.

The Nigerian navy on a training exercise / File Photo

The Nigerian navy on a training exercise / File Photo

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About 45 minutes earlier and about 50 nm further offshore, nine pirates opened fire on a tanker. The tanker's crew sounded the alarm, started the fire pumps and brought non-essential personnel into the citadel, while the bridge team put on more turns and conducted evasive maneuvers to keep the pirates away.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Navy Special Boat Service (SBS) has been rated high, for successfully rescuing a French warship at the ongoing military exercise, “Obangame Express.’’

Nigerian Navy special boat service has been lauded for successfully rescuing a French warship at the ongoing military exercise.

Rear Adm. James Oluwole, the Commander, Task Group 17.1, gave the ratings on-board Nigeria Navy Ship (NNS) Okpabana in the military exercise currently ongoing in the Gulf of Guinea on Monday.

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