Nigerian navy rescues hijacked oil vessel, arrests 4 pirates

Four pirates were captured while two others escaped in a separate boat. One other pirate was killed in the raid on the Panama-flagged Maximus, owned by a company in the United Arab Emirates.

Rear Admiral Henry Babalola said the navy is still searching for two crew taken hostage by the that escaped. The Indian defense attache, Captain Gautam Marwaha, said one hostage is an Indian national and the other is believed to be from Pakistan. 

The pirates targeted the vessel for its 4,700 tons of diesel fuel and seized it on 11 February, 2016, off the coast of Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The ship was finally rescued on Saturday night about 310 miles, southwest of Lagos.


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