Pirates attack and loot container ship off Guinea coast

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Photo taken on January 4, 2010 shows armed Somali pirates carrying out preparations to a skiff in Hobyo, northeastern Somalia, ahead of new attacks on ships sailing in the Gulf of Aden. Greek cargo ship, MV Filitsa, is anchored just off the shores of Hobyo where it is held by pirates with its crew of 22, including three Greek officers and 19 Filipinos, after being captured some 513 nautical miles northeast of the Seychelles while sailing from Kuwait to Durban in South Africa loaded with fertilizer. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED DAHIR (Photo credit should read MOHAMED DAHIR/AFP/Getty Images)
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CONAKRY  (Reuters) – Pirates stormed a container ship off the coast of Guinea on Wednesday, making off with money and some of its cargo but leaving the crew unharmed, the government said.

They fired guns and briefly held the crew hostage while they were looting the ship named Wendok, Guinea government spokesman Albert Camara said by telephone.

He did not have details of the flag Wendok was flying under, the company running it, what its cargo was nor the nationalities of the crew.

He said that Guinea’s navy had been alerted but that the pirates had escaped before it could catch them.

Two security sources confirmed the incident, but likewise did not have further details.

Security experts class West Africa’s waters, especially off Nigeria where most of the pirates originate, as some of the world’s most dangerous, with attackers often targeting oil tankers as well as hostages to ransom. (Reporting by Saliou Samb; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Louise Ireland)


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