Pirates attacked passenger boats and two Cyprus-flagged tugs, 8 crew hijacked, Nigeria
Source in Nigeria informed Maritime Bulletin on three pirates attacks which took place in Akwa Ibom State waters, Bight of Bonny, Nigeria, on Nov 27 13. In the first accident 12 pirates attacked two passenger boats on Ibeno river. Pirates fired in the air, then boarded the boats and robbed passengers, wounding many of them with the machetes. Passengers were forced to leave the boats near the shore, it is understood that they managed to safely reach the shore. Boats were hijacked. Later pirates attacked two tugs, Lamnalco Petrel and Lamnalco Houbara, in the vicinity of Kwa Ibo. Reportedly, 8 crew were hijacked.
Tug Lamnalco Petrel, IMO 9171981, 210 gt, built 1998, flag Cyprus, manager LAMNALCO LTD-UAE.