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Nigerian Navy Takes Control of Hijacked Fuel Tanker

Special to The Informer | 9/11/2012, 9:16 a.m.

For the third time in two weeks, Nigeria's navy has assumed control of a Singapore fuel tanker that was hijacked by pirates in the port of Lagos. According to a statement from the tanker's company, its crew of 23 Indian nationals escaped harm.

The incident, which was the latest to take place in the Gulf of Guinea in recent months, was preceded with previous hijackings that led to the theft of fuel cargo after the release of the crew and ships.

Details were still emerging of the attack last week, as the crew sought refuge in a safe room. Meanwhile, the gasoline-laden vessel was escorted to the port of Nigeria's economic capital.

"Command was restored to the master and crew. It is understood that the pirates fled the scene on the approach of the naval vessel. All the ship's crew are reported to be well and unharmed," the statement said.