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Four killed, three kidnapped after pirates attack dredger in Gulf of Guinea

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Four persons were killed and
three abducted following a pirate attack on a Nigeria-flagged hopper dredger in
the Gulf of Guinea on January 2, 2020.

The 2,153 GT Ambika was attacked
when operating some three nautical miles from the mouth of the Ramos River and
nine nautical miles east of the Forcados Terminal in Nigeria, according to
information provided by Dryad Global.

There was a heavy exchange of
fire between the embarked security personnel on the Ambika and the pirates in
which four security guards were killed and two injured.

After the firefight, the pirates
boarded the 1979-built vessel and kidnapped three crew members, leaving behind
five sailors. Two abducted men are Russians and one Indian, the maritime
security company further said.

As informed, this is the first
offshore incident within this location since November 2018 when a vessel was
fired upon.

The 83.5-meter-long dredger,
previously known as Galilei 2000 and owned by Jan de Nul, is now owned by a
Lagos-based gas development company with operations upriver from the Ramos
River entrance.
World Maritime News

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