Pirates kidnap 12 crew members from Swiss vessel in Nigerian waters

Pirates kidnapped 12 crew members from a Swiss merchant vessel on Saturday in Nigerian waters, the ship’s operator
said in a statement. Kidnapping for ransom is a common problem in parts of Nigeria. A number of foreigners have been
kidnapped in the last few years in the southern Niger Delta region, source of most of the crude oil which is the mainstay
of west Africa’s biggest economy Massoel Shipping, operator of MV GLARUS, said the vessel carrying wheat was
traveling between the southwestern commercial capital Lagos and southern Niger Delta oil hub Port Harcourt when it was
boarded by pirates, who took 12 away of the 19 crew members. It said the attack happened around 45 nautical miles
south west of Bonny Island. “The company is working with the authorities and specialists to secure the speedy and safe
release of those being held,” Massoel Shipping said in its statement. The statement did not give the nationalities of the
crew members. Switzerland’s foreign ministry said it had learned from the company that none of the crew members were
from Switzerland itself. Nigeria’s navy and maritime police said they were unaware of the kidnapping and would
investigate. Source: Reuters Reporting by Michael Shields in Zurich; Additional reporting by Alexis
Akwagyiram in Lagos and Tife Owolabi in Yenagoa; Editing by Hugh Lawson




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