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Spanish Navy frees Ship hijacked by Nigerian pirates

A Spanish warship has
rescued the crew of a merchant ship which had been held hostage by Nigerian
pirates for four days.

to the Spanish defense ministry, the merchant ship was freed in the Gulf of
Guinea on April 9.
explained, the unnamed vessel displayed unusual behavior and did not respond to
radio contacts, prompting the Spanish Navy ship Serviola to carry out an
the navy crews were approaching the vessel in rigid hulled inflatable boats,
the pirates fled. The nine perpetrators were reportedly armed with AK-47 rifles
and grenade launchers.
authorities further said that the pirates robbed the ship’s Nigerian crew in
addition to looting a portion of the ship’s provisions.
World Maritime News.

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