Armed pirates board tanker off Nigeria – IMB

Armed pirates have attacked an anchored product tanker off Nigeria earlier this week, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre said.

On April 15, 2019, four persons armed with automatic weapons in a speed boat approached an unnamed vessel at Bonny River Inner Anchorage.

Two perpetrators managed to board the tanker and open fire towards the accommodation.

After the alarm was raised and PA announcement made, the ship’s crew mustered in the citadel.

According to the IMB, the onboard Nigerian naval guards returned fire resulting in the persons retreating into their boat and escaping. One guard was injured during the shooting and was given first aid by the crew.

Two security boats responded and approached the tanker. The injured person was transferred to a security boat and taken ashore for medical assistance.

No injuries to the remaining crew were reported.

Earlier this month, Nigerian pirates hijacked a merchant ship, robbing the vessel’s crew. The unidentified ship was freed in the Gulf of Guinea by a Spanish warship, having been held hostage by pirates for four days.

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