Monday, November 22, 2010

Pirates Board Russian Tanker Near Nigeria, Shoot Crewman Before Fleeing

Pirates boarded a Russian oil tanker off the coast of Nigeria, wounding a crewman with gunfire before fleeing, the ship’s owner said.

Ten gunmen boarded the NS Spirit near the port of Lagos at 1:49 a.m. Moscow time and fled after the shooting, OAO Novoship, a unit of state-run OAO Sovcomflot, said on its website today.

None of the other 21 members of the all-Russian crew were injured in the attack on the ship, which was carrying gasoline, Novoship said.

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To contact the editor responsible for this story: Brad Cook at

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