Thursday, November 18, 2010

West African Piracy: Death in the Gulf of Guinea

Arrow points to vicinity of attack
Five killed in Gulf of Guinea attack :
A maritime security alert has been issued after five people were killed in a speedboat attack near an oil rig in the Gulf of Guinea.

Suspected pirates attacked a craft belonging to Cameroonian security forces killing the pilot, a mechanic and three soldiers from the Rapid Intervention Battalion. Cameroon deployed the Rapid Intervention Battalion in April to ensure security in the Bakassi peninsula after a series of attacks.

Pirate activity is spreading outwards from the Niger Delta, with the Bakassi peninsula being an area of particular concern.

Attacks in the Gulf of Guinea are often more violent than other piracy hotspots around the world, including off the coast of Somalia so vessel operators are advised to exercise caution.

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