Pirates Take 10 Bulk Carrier Crew Members Hostage


Pirates have kidnapped 10 sailors from a merchant ship off the coast of southern Nigeria, according to an International Maritime Bureau (IMB) report.

The kidnapping took place around 32 nautical miles south of Brass last week (December 14, 2017) in the volatile Niger delta, a growing piracy hotspot in west Africa.

A spokesperson for the IMB said today (December 22, 2017) that there have been no new updates on the situation.

In a recent video, pirates were shown attacking a Singaporean vessel in the Gulf of Guinea.

In a statement on its website, IMB said: “A bulk carrier underway was attacked and boarded by six pirates from a small boat. Ten crew members were reported missing. The remaining crew onboard sailed the vessel to a safe port.”

Read more: The IMB reported in July that there has been a continuing decline in the number of reported incidents of maritime piracy and armed robbery against ships

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