Nigerian Pirates Release City of Xiamen Crew
Nigerian pirates have released five crewmembers kidnapped from the City of Xiamen containership during an April 25 attack about 100 miles off Nigeria’s coast.
The Germany-based owner of the vessel, Sunship Schiffahrtskontor KG, confirmed the release of the hostages saying that the five men – four Polish and one Russian – were released on May 11 and had already “returned to their own countries and reunited with their families.”
It is unclear if a ransom was paid for their release.
The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said that during the attack, 14 heavily armed pirates stormed the Antigua and Barbuda-flagged City of Xiamen, breaching the citadel where the crew was hiding. The pirates took five crew captive before escaping with cash, the IMB report said.
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