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A Luxembourg ship attacked in the Gulf of Guinea. 2 hostages

BourbonLiberty251 IMO 9573593@Bourbon(B2) The “Bourbon Liberty 251“, a Luxembourg-flagged vessel dedicated to oil prospecting, was attacked by pirates in the international waters of the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of Nigeria on Tuesday (February 23), the Bourbon group announced.

Two hostages: a Russian and a Nigerian

Two crew members, a Russian and a Nigerian, are missing and were probably abducted during this attack confirmed on Friday (February 26), the government Luxembourgish.

Ten members of the crew, five Russians and five Nigerians, were able to take refuge in the ship's “citadel” (a safe area on the ship allowing the crew to be brought together while cutting off from the outside) and returned, “ safe and sound », on board the ship at the port of Onne.

The situation is "closely monitored" indicates the government as within the emergency unit, set up within the group Bourbon.

NB: usually the hostages are negotiated for a ransom and released fairly quickly by the kidnappers.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).