Pirates kidnap 12 members of a Swiss cargo vessel in Nigerian waters

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Pirates have kidnapped 12 crew members from a Swiss cargo vessel in Nigerian waters.

Massoel Shipping said its vessel, MV Glarus, was carrying wheat from Lagos to Port Harcourt when it was attacked on Saturday.

According to the company, the intruders struck 45 nautical miles from Bonny Island in the Niger Delta, taking 12 of the 19 crew hostage.

Geneva-based Massoel said the pirates had “destroyed much of the vessel’s communications equipment”.

The crew members’ nationalities remain unknown, but the firm said their families are being closely informed of the situation.

Switzerland’s foreign ministry said Massoel had confirmed that none of those kidnapped were from the country itself.

According to a report by the watchdog Oceans Beyond Piracy, there has been a slight increase in hostage-takings off the coast of Nigeria,.

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