On Saturday, pirates boarded the Liberian flagged MV Pomerania Sky off the coast of Nigeria and abducted 11 crew members.
Reporting suggests that eight of the kidnapped men are from Poland, two from the Philippines and one from Ukraine. The ship was headed for the port of Onne from Angola at the time of the incident. Reuters reports the owners, Midocean (IOM) Ltd as saying that ‘nine others remained on board and were unharmed.’
MV Glarus hostages released
In a separate case, 12 hostages who were abducted almost five weeks ago from the MV Glarus were released late on Saturday in Port Harcourt and flown back to Switzerland. It is not clear if a ransom was paid.
The released crew members are from the Philippines, Slovenia, Ukraine, Romania, Croatia, and Bosnia. The ship was carrying wheat from Lagos to Port Harcourt in the Niger Delta, when pirates boarded the ship near Bonny Island. The pirates used long ladders to reach the deck and cut through the razor wire protecting the ship. German newspaper reported that the pirates were associated with Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND).
- Reuters: Pirates seize eight Polish crew, three others from ship off Nigeria coast
- NBC News: Pirates release a dozen hostages taken from Swiss shipper’s crew
- The Local.ch: Crew of Swiss ship freed after kidnapping off Nigeria
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