Pirates kidnap three crew
Pirates have attacked a British-owned cargo ship, the Esther C, in the Gulf of Guinea, taking three crew members hostage, the vessel’s owner said.
Pirates kidnap three cargo ship crew in Gulf of Guinea
(Reuters) – Pirates have attacked a British-owned cargo ship in the Gulf of Guinea, taking three crew members hostage, the vessel’s owner said.
The UK-flagged ship Esther C was boarded on Thursday by pirates who stole some property, took the seamen then left, said Isle of Wight-based Carisbrooke Shipping in a statement.
Russia’s foreign ministry said two of its citizens were among the hostages taken between the Cameroonian port of Douala and the port of Malabo in Equatorial Guinea.
Armed hijackings have been on the rise in West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea, an increasingly important source of oil, cocoa and metals for world markets.