Armed Pirates Attack LNG Tanker Off Nigerian Coast, IMB Says

(Bloomberg) -- Armed pirates chased and shot at a liquefied-natural gas tanker off Nigeria’s coast, the second time in as many weeks a vessel has been attacked in the area.

At least nine assailants made an unsuccessful attempt to board the vessel on Nov. 6, the International Maritime Bureau said in a report on its website.

“The pirates approached the vessel several times but due to the increased speed and evasive maneuvers, the pirates were unsuccessful and later aborted the attack,” it said. “Vessel and crew reported safe.”

The incident followed an assault on the German-flagged MV Pomerania Sky on Oct. 27, when 11 foreign crew members were taken hostage. The Nigerian navy said it was working to rescue them.

Piracy is common in the Gulf of Guinea, including along Nigeria’s coastline where several attacks have been reported in the past.

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