Pirates have attacked a Turkish cargo ship off the coast of Nigeria, kidnapping six crew members in a region increasingly hit by piracy in recent years, the Nigerian navy said on April 11.
“All the six Turkish crew members, including the captain of the vessel, the chief officer and the chief engineer, were abducted by the attackers,” Nigerian Navy spokesman Chris Ezekobe told AFP.
The pirates attacked the vessel in the dead of night while it was steaming through the oil-rich Niger Delta, added the spokesman.
Ezekobe said the ship — a merchant tanker — was used for crude oil operations and the navy was working with Interpol and Nigeria’s secret police to secure the crew’s release.
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