French navy helped attacked ship off Nigeria

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Posted: Feb 16, 2012 7:02 AM
French navy helped attacked ship off Nigeria

An anti-piracy watchdog says the French navy, rather than Nigerian authorities, had to help a cargo ship attacked by pirates that saw two crew members killed.

The International Maritime Bureau said on their website Thursday that the French aided the cargo ship after the attack early Monday. The bureau said eight pirates took a cook hostage and forced him to the captain's room, where they shot and killed him while stealing a safe.

The bureau said the chief engineer died from injuries he suffered when falling down a makeshift rope of bed sheets to escape.

The attacks are just the latest to target West Africa's Gulf of Guinea, where piracy has escalated from low-level armed robberies to hijackings and cargo thefts.