Pirates attack tanker off Nigeria

2011-02-11 12:24
Lagos - Pirates off the coast of Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos have attacked a chemical tanker in a bid to board and rob the ship in the Gulf of Guinea.

A report by the International Maritime Bureau shows the attack happened on Thursday about 50 nautical miles off the coast. The tanker began to evade a suspicious boat and robbers opened fire on the vessel.

The report says the robbers attempted to use a grappling hook to board the tanker, but failed after an hour chasing the boat.

Pirate attacks have risen around Nigeria in recent years.

Greek authorities said on Friday that pirates in Nigeria freed two merchant navy officers kidnapped from a Greek-managed cargo ship last month.

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