Pi­rates kid­nap crew of Pol­ish ves­sel

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - WORLD -

PI­RATES at­tacked a Pol­ishowned cargo ves­sel off the Nige­rian coast and kid­napped its cap­tain and four crew, Pol­ish au­thor­i­ties said, in the first doc­u­mented in­ci­dent of its kind in al­most year in some of the dead­li­est ship­ping lanes on earth.

The Cyprus- reg­is­tered Szafir was boarded overnight by armed men in two boats, who looted the 10 000-ton con­tainer ship, op­er­a­tor EuroAfrica said.

The as yet uniden­ti­fied kid­nap­pers had made no de­mands so far and Poland was li­ais­ing with Nige­rian au­thor­i­ties.

The kid­napped sailors also in­cluded other of­fi­cers, which made the ship im­pos­si­ble to nav­i­gate.

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