Posted on September 24, 2018 by Ashleigh Cowie

Confirmation has come in that the Swiss vessel attacked by pirates off Nigeria has been released. The 12 kidnapped crew members are still being held by pirates.

Cargo vessel, MV Glarus, was carrying wheat from Lagos to Port Harcourt when it was attacked on Saturday.

Massoel Shipping said its vessel was carrying 19 crew members at the time of the attack:

"The pirate gang boarded the Glarus by means of long ladders and cut the razor wire on deck," the firm told AFP.

They also reported that the pirates had "destroyed much of the vessel's communications equipment".

The intruders struck 45 nautical miles from Bonny Island in the Niger Delta. 

Nigeria's Maritime Agency reports that seven of the crew members are from the Philippines, with a national from each of Slovenia, Ukraine, Romania, Croatia and Bosnia.

The Massoel spokesman said the crew members' families are being closely informed of the situation.

Specialists are en route to ensure the hostages' "speedy and safe release".

The region has seen an increase in hostage-takings off the coast of Nigeria since last year, and hostage takings are known to have grown more violent. 

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