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Pirates hijack oil tanker in Nigerian port: int'l bureau

KUALA LUMPUR -- Pirates have hijacked a Singapore-owned oil tanker in the Nigerian port of Lagos — the third attack in just over two weeks in the Gulf of Guinea, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said Wednesday.

The vessel, which had 23 crew on board, was laden with fuel, the bureau's Kuala Lumpur-based piracy reporting center said, adding that the pirates were sailing the ship into the open sea.

It did not say how the pirates hijacked the tanker on Tuesday evening.

“We have informed the Nigerian authorities who are taking action,” Noel Choong, head of the IMB's Malaysia-based piracy reporting centre told AFP.

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