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A fishing vessel boarded by pirates. Another attempt fails

(B2) Attacks continue in the Gulf of Guinea

A freighter was the victim of a pirate attack on Sunday (June 6). The attack about 210 nautical miles south of Cotonou (Benin) at 2°49 North and 2°31 East. the pirates attempted to board. Without success. The captain sped up and changed course to confuse the pirates. Classic maneuver which is the subject of good practice. The crew and the ship are "safe and sound", indicates the MDAT-GOG, the anti-piracy center on the Gulf of Guinea, supported by the European Union.

Another attack had taken place in the same area a few days earlier, on the evening of May 31, against a fishing vessel, the IRis S. But closer to the coast: at 104 Nautiques de Cotonou (4°33 North and 2° 23 East). The pirates boarded. They left an hour later, not without taking a few sailors hostage. 4 Koreans and 1 Filipino are missing.

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).