29 February 2012
A cargo vessel on anchor in
Port Harcourt, , has been attacked by pirates who kidnapped two crew members on board. Rivers State
Following the incident, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) echoed a warning by the United Nations that pirate attacks off West Africa
's were becoming more rampant and violent. Gulf of Guinea
Noel Choong of the bureau
's Kuala Lumpur-based piracy reporting centre said pirates fired at the Curacao-flagged vessel before boarding it Tuesday in , . Port Harcourt
Noel Choong was reported to have disclosed that pirates robbed the crew before fleeing and took the captain and the chief engineer with them.