Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Pirates hijack Italian ship off Nigeria

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Rome, December 24 - Pirates hijacked a tug crewed
by three Italians and another man whose nationality is unknown
off the oil-rich southern Nigerian region of Bayelsa Sunday, the
Italian foreign ministry said Monday.
Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi is personally following the
case and the ministry's crisis unit is monitoring developments
"carefully", it said, with the safety of the hostages the top
priority.
Contacted by ANSA, the ministry said the ship was the Mv
Asso Ventuno, owned by Naples-based Augusta Offshore.
The pirates hijacked the tug on Sunday about 40 nautical
miles off the Bayelsa coast.
Hijackings of ships are frequent in Nigerian waters but
unlike Somali pirates who always hold crews for ransom, their
Nigerian counterparts are usually more interested in the cargo.
According to the International Maritime Bureau, no crew
member was harmed while the ship was steered ashore without
being damaged.
The Nigerian navy said a search for the four crewmembers had
started immediately.
Last year Nigeria and neighbouring Benin began joint naval
patrols in an effort to combat the threat of pirates.

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