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Nigeria pirates kidnap Swiss ship’s crew

Pirates have kidnapped 12 crew members from a Swiss cargo vessel in Nigerian waters.

Massoel Shipping said its vessel, MV Glarus, was carrying wheat from Lagos to Port Harcourt when it was attacked on Saturday.

“The pirate gang boarded the Glarus by means of long ladders and cut the razor wire on deck,” the firm told AFP.

The intruders struck 45 nautical miles from Bonny Island in the Niger Delta, taking 12 of the 19 crew hostage.

A spokesman for Geneva-based Massoel said the pirates had “destroyed much of the vessel’s communications equipment”.

Seven of the crew members are from the Philippines, with a national from each of Slovenia, Ukraine, Romania, Croatia and Bosnia, Reuters reports, quoting Nigeria’s maritime agency.

The Massoel spokesman said the crew members’ families are being closely informed of the situation.

Specialists are en route to ensure the hostages’ “speedy and safe release”, the shipping company said.

Switzerland’s foreign ministry said Massoel had confirmed that none of those kidnapped were from the country itself, Reuters reports.

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, with foreigners and high-profile Nigerians frequently targeted.

 

– BBC

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About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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