Pirates attacked Swiss ship off Nigerian coast






A report has claimed some crew members on a Swiss cargo ship has been taken hostage after the vessel was attacked by pirates off the coast of Nigeria.

according to CNN, Massoel Shipping said in a statement Sunday that the ship, the MV Glarus, was attacked early Saturday while sailing from Lagos to Port Harcourt with a shipment of wheat. The pirates reportedly struck about 45 nautical miles south-southwest of Bonny Island.

"Massoel Shipping said the pirate gang boarded the Glarus by means of long ladders and cut the razor wire on deck to gain access to the vessel and eventually the bridge.

The criminal gang was able to take 12 of the 19 crew complement as a hostage after successfully destroyed much of the vessel's communications equipment.

Noemie Charton, a spokeswoman for Switzerland's foreign ministry, told CNN the ministry that none of the sailors on board were Swiss, but she was unable to confirm their nationalities.


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