Pi­rates rob cargo ship, kid­nap 2 from crew

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KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA | Armed pi­rates robbed a cargo ship at an­chor in a Nige­rian port and kid­napped at least two crew mem­bers in the lat­est of sev­eral at­tacks off Africa’s west coast, an in­ter­na­tional mar­itime watch­dog said Wed­nes­day.

The In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime Bureau echoed a warn­ing this week by the U.N. that pi­rate at­tacks off West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea are be­com­ing more ram­pant and vi­o­lent.

In the lat­est at­tack Tues­day, eight Nige­rian pi­rates armed with ma­chine guns fired at a Cu­ra­cao-flagged ves­sel an­chored at Port Har­court be­fore board­ing the ship, said Noel Choong, who heads the bureau’s piracy re­port­ing cen­ter in Kuala Lumpur.

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