A French oil tanker that’s fallen off radar is believed to have been hijacked by pirates off the Ivory Coast. The 17 sailors on board have been likely kidnapped, according to officials with the International Maritime Bureau, a piracy watchdog organization.
The tanker went missing Sunday after it was flagged in Luxembourg, The Associated Press reported.
This would be the third pirate attack in recent days. IMB spokesman Noel Choong told AP that a sailor was shot Monday during an attempted pirate hijacking off the coast of Lagos, Nigeria. And last week, Mr. Choong continued, pirates tried to take over another oil tanker traveling Nigeria’s coast.
Pirates seek the oil, worth millions.
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Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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