Calls for armed guards after Dubai ship targeted

Governments and navies need to work more closely together to protect merchant ships in the pirate-ridden Gulf of Guinea, security experts say.

The comments come following a spate of piracy attacks off the West African coast, including the hijacking of a Dubai-owned oil-tanker, the MT Maximus on February 11.

Nigerian Naval forces clashed with gunmen after boarding the vessel off the Ivorian coast. During a shoot-out several of the pirates fled on the mother ship with two hostages from India and Pakistan.

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