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Navy rescues 13 foreigners from pirates

20 August 2016, 12:39

Port Harcourt - Special Forces of the Nigerian Navy on Friday rescued 13 foreign nationals, aboard a merchant ship that was attached by suspected sea pirates, off the coast of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital., reports Punch

The merchant ship, MT Vectis Osprey, had sailed into Nigeria from Malabo in Equatorial Guinea, on August 10 with general consignments.

Daily Post reports that the ship after discharging her cargo, set sail for Douala, Cameroon, on August 17, 2016, but was attacked by nine heavily-armed sea pirates who boarded the vessel with intent to taking the 13 crew members hostage.

Briefing newsmen yesterday at Bonny, Rivers State, leader of the Special Forces and Commanding Officer of Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Nwamba, Captain Mustapha Hassan, said the crew were rescued unharmed.

Also read: Pirates kidnap Lithuanian, Ukrainian sailors off Nigeria

The commanding officer said the troops were unable to apprehend the pirates due to poor visibility partly caused by torrential rainstorm which fell on day of the rescue.

He said the sea pirates jumped into the sea and escaped.

- News 24


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