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World Pirates kill one, kidnap four in attacks off Gabon capital

01:10  23 december  2019
01:10  23 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Pirates attacked four ships in the harbour of the Gabon capital Libreville overnight, killing a captain and kidnapping four Chinese workers, the " Pirate attacks were perpetrated against four ships," government spokesman Edgard Anicet Mboumbou Miyakou said, adding that a Gabonese captain

A Gabonese captain was killed and four Chinese sailors abducted on Saturday in Gabon ’s capital , Libreville, following an attack by pirates in the city’s Early last month two Filipinos, a Greek and a Georgian, crew members on an oil tanker, were abducted off of the Togolese capital Lome and nine

Pirates attacked four ships in the harbour of the Gabon capital Libreville overnight, killing a captain and kidnapping four Chinese workers, the government said Sunday.

a close up of a hillside view of a city: The city of Libreville is pictured in January 2017© Justin TALLIS The city of Libreville is pictured in January 2017

"Pirate attacks were perpetrated... against four ships," government spokesman Edgard Anicet Mboumbou Miyakou said, adding that a Gabonese captain was killed and four Chinese sailors were abducted.

Pirate attacks are unusual in the harbour, but extremely frequent in the surrounding Gulf of Guinea.

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LIBREVILLE: Pirates attacked four ships overnight in the harbour of the Gabon capital Libreville, killing a captain and kidnapping four Chinese workers, the government said Sunday. " Pirate attacks were perpetrated against four ships," government spokesman Edgard Anicet Mboumbou Miyakou

Pirates have attacked four ships in the harbor of Gabon 's capital , killing a Gabonese captain and kidnapping four Chinese crew members. The fourth ship flew a Panamanian flag, according to AFP. Attacks in Libreville's harbor are rare, but happen frequently in the surrounding Gulf of Guinea waters.

The West African country's defence and security forces were deployed "to secure the area and track down the perpetrators with the cooperation of Interpol and sub-regional bodies," Miyakou said.

Two of the ships were fishing vessels belonging to Sigapeche, a Sino-Gabonese company which employs the four Chinese sailors.

The third ship belongs to the maritime transport company Satram, based in Port Gentil, Gabon, while the fourth is a cargo vessel flying a Panamanian flag.

The Gulf of Guinea, which stretches some 5,700 kilometres (3,500 miles) from Senegal to Angola, has become the new world epicentre of pirate attacks, lootings and kidnappings for ransom.

From January to September, 82 percent of maritime kidnappings in the world occurred in the Gulf of Guinea, according to the International Maritime Bureau.

Early last month two Filipinos, a Greek and a Georgian, crew members on an oil tanker, were abducted off of the Togolese capital Lome and nine Filipino seamen were snatched off of Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin.

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