Nigerian army frees hijacked Maersk container vessel

A container ship from Maersk Line subsidiary Safmarine was hijacked by pirates on Friday and has how been freed by the Nigerian army. All 25 crew members are safe and free. West Africa has become the new hot spot for pirates.

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One of Maersk Line's container vessels, Safmarine Kuramo, was hijacked by pirates on Friday off the coast of Nigerian en route from Pointe Noire in Congo to Port Onne in Nigeria.

After the hijacking of the ship and its crew of 25 seafarers, the Nigerian army was called into action and launched an operation to secure the vessel, which is now out of the hands of the pirates, all of whom have disappeared. However, there is still only very limited information available about the event and whether it was the army's efforts that ended the hijacking after a negotiation, or whether the hijackers quite simply bailed from the ship after grabbing the valuable items, as reported by local media.

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