Pirates kidnap Europeans off Nigeria



Gunmen attacked and boarded a refrigerated cargo ship underway off the Niger Delta and kidnapped four crew members on October 19, maritime intelligence company Dryad Maritime reports.

The pirates stole cash, destroyed equipment and kidnapped two Lithuanian and two Ukrainian sailors before escaping.
This is the first incident reported at sea off the Niger Delta in five months and has taken place 100nm further west than the spate of kidnappings which took place earlier this year.
It comes at a time when the Nigerian Navy is conducting increased patrols of the approaches to the Bonny River, and these patrols may have forced the gang to look into operating in this wider area of West Africa.
This area has a recent history of maritime attacks with six reported cases of attacks on vessels, where 13 crew members were abducted for the purpose of ransom in 2014 alone.

According to Dryad, this incident marks a return to attacks for West Africa, an area that has experienced low levels of maritime crime in the last three months.