Armed attackers abducted five seamen from a cargo ship in Nigerian waters, Poland’s government said Friday. Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said the five Polish nationals, including the captain and three officers, were seized Thursday night from the ship Szafir. A further 11 crew members who barricaded themselves inside the ship were safe and in contact by phone, he said.
The Polish EuroAfrica company, the vessel’s owner, said the Cypriot-flagged ship was “attacked by armed pirates from two boats, some 35 nautical miles off the Nigerian coast.”
The five crew members were “most probably abducted by the pirates” who left after having “ransacked the crew’s cabins,” EuroAfrica said. Polish Sea Industry and Navigation Minister Marek Grobarczyk also said it appeared the attack was carried out by pirates. Read more