March 26, 2010 / 2:27 PM / 10 years ago

Pirates attack Turkish ship off Nigeria, 3 injured

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Pirates attacked a Turkish cargo ship off the coast of Nigeria, injuring three crew members, Turkey’s state-run news agency Anatolian reported on Friday.

Eight to 10 pirates with automatic weapons boarded the Ozay 5 late Thursday. They robbed the crew of money and cellphones but fled after the ship began making distress calls.

The ship’s cargo was not damaged in the attack.

Two of the injured crew were Turkish and one was Nigerian, Anatolian quoted the Turkish Maritime Undersecretariat as saying.

Marauding sea gangs have attacked many ships off the east coast of Africa in recent years, winning ransoms of millions of dollars. Piracy is much less frequent in West African waters.

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