Nigeria Pirates Kidnap 12 Crew Members from Swiss Cargo Ship

Pirates have kidnapped 12 crew members from a Swiss cargo vessel in Nigerian waters.

Swiss company Massoel Shipping said its vessel, MV Glarus, was carrying wheat from Nigeria’s capital, Lagos, to Port Harcourt when it was attacked.

“The pirate gang boarded the Glarus by means of long ladders and cut the razor wire on deck,” the firm told AFP.

The intruders struck 45 nautical miles from Bonny Island in the Niger Delta, taking 12 of the 19 crew hostage.

Geneva-based Massoel said the pirates had “destroyed much of the vessel’s communications equipment”.

The crew members’ nationalities remain unknown, but the firm said their families are being closely informed of the situation.

Specialists are en route to ensure the hostages’ “speedy and safe release”, the shipping company said.

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