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Pirates board ship off Nigeria

Pirates board ship off NigeriaPirates boarded a container ship off the coast of Nigeria, seizing 11 crew of who are eight from Poland, according the vessel’s management firm and Polish state media.

Attackers hit the MV Pomerania Sky, bound for the Nigerian port Onne, on Saturday and abducted 11 crew members, Midocean (IOM) Ltd said in a statement. Nine others remained aboard and are unharmed.

“Our priority is securing the earliest release of the eleven taken and we are working closely with our partners and local authorities to achieve that,” Midocean said.

“Their families are being informed of the situation,” said the company. The vessel had proceeded to safe waters.

Nigerian police and the navy did not immediately respond to calls and texts seeking comment.

Midocean declined to say where the kidnapped crew members were from, but Polish state media, citing Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz, said eight were from Poland.

The nationality of the three was not immediately clear.

Kidnappings and piracy in Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea are common.

 

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