Pirate Kidnappings Surge in Waters Off Nigeria as Attacks Spread – Bloomberg

Kidnappings of sailors on merchant ships in waters off Nigeria and nearby countries surged in the first half as pirates attacked a broader range of vessels and sought targets farther out at sea.

Pirates operating in the Gulf of Guinea kidnapped 30 crew in the period, compared with three seized worldwide in 2012’s first six months, the International Maritime Bureau, a London-based group tracking sea crime, said in a report today. Attackers previously tended to seek out ships involved in the regional oil industry and now are targeting container ships and other merchant vessels, it said.

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via Pirate Kidnappings Surge in Waters Off Nigeria as Attacks Spread – Bloomberg.

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