Nigerian Navy Kills 6 Pirates in Latest Crackdown

uspected pirates are paraded aboard a naval ship after their arrest by the Nigerian Navy at a defence jetty in Lagos August 20, 2013. Commodore Chris Ezekobe, naval commander at the NNS Beecroft, a Lagos naval base, said the four had hijacked the barge and its crew on August 14 on the eastern edge of the Nigerian coast, near the port city of Calabar. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
Suspected pirates are paraded aboard a naval ship after their arrest by the Nigerian Navy at a defence jetty in Lagos August 20, 2013. The four pirates had allegedly hijacked a barge and its crew on August 14 on the eastern edge of the Nigerian coast, near the port city of Calabar. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

The Nigerian Navy this week continued its recent crackdown on piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

The Associated Press reports that Nigeria’s navy killed six pirates and injured one other in a gun battle late Sunday off the coast of Calabar in Nigerian and Cameroonian waters.

Today’s news comes following last week’s report that the Nigerian Navy killed 12 pirates as they tried to flee from a fuel tanker that was hijacked off the coast Nigeria. Pirates took control of the St. Kitts and Nevis-flagged MT Notre on Aug. 15, but navy gunships caught up with the vessel, forcing it back into Nigerian waters. Twelve of the 16 pirates were killed after they opened fire on the navy while trying to flee the tanker on speed boats. The crew were all rescued unharmed.

Sunday’s operation is one of only three successful operations carried out by the Nigerian Navy against the sharp rise in pirate attacks this year.

In addition to the two operations mentioned above, Nigeria’s navy also captured four pirates who had allegedly hijacked a barge and its crew on August 14 on the eastern edge of the Nigerian coast, near the port city of Calabar.