On Saturday morning, pirates boarded the MV Glarus off the coast of Nigeria, destroyed most of the communication equipment and kidnapped 12 of the 19 crew members.

The abducted crew members are reportedly from the Philippines (7), Slovenia (1), Ukraine (1), Romania (1), Croatia (1), and Bosnia (1). The ship was carrying wheat from Lagos to Port Harcourt in the Niger Delta, and her owners, Massoel Shipping, say their families have been updated on the situation.

The incident happened 45 nautical miles southwest of Bonny Island. The pirates cut through razor wire surrounding the deck in order to board. The Local.ch reports that ‘Massoel spokesman Patrick Adamson told AFP it was the second largest number of people taken from a ship in the oil delta southeast of Nigeria this year. “Pirates usually don’t make contacts in the first 48 hours, so we don’t have any news on that,” he added.’

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