Nigerian Pirates Kidnap Croatian Sailor

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The Croatian sailor and 11 of his kidnapped colleagues were sailing on a Swiss cargo ship.

According to the BBC, Nigerian pirates have kidnapped 12 crew members from a Swiss cargo ship, reports on September 24, 2018.

The seven hired crew members are from the Philippines, while other hostages are the Croatian and citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Ukraine, and Romania. The information has been announced by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Security Agency (NMASA).

“They are still considered as missing,” said NMASA head Sunday Umoren.

The vessel was transporting wheat from Lagos to Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and was attacked on Saturday.

“A pirate band boarded the ship Glarus using a long ladder and cut the wire on the deck,” announced the Massoel Shipping company for AFP.

The attackers launched their attack 45 nautical miles from Bonny Island in the Niger river delta, and they captured 12 of the 19 crewmembers.

A spokeswoman for the Geneva-based company said the pirates “have destroyed most of the communications equipment.” According to news agencies, the pirates were armed.

A spokesman for the company also said that families of hostages were informed in detail about the latest events. He also added that the company was working on securing “the quick and safe release of hostages.”

Pirate attacks and kidnappings are common in Nigeria and, in addition to foreigners, rich Nigerians are often targeted as well.

Glarus is a freighter ship built in 2001 by the Japanese shipyard Mitsui Shipbuilding.

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