Greek Oil tanker attacked by pirates in Lagos

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Pirates didn't have the luck to hijack the vessel after the crew hid in the safe room, according to information by IMO.
The tanker was at anchor near Lagos when armed bandits boarded 4 days ago, told Noel Choong, head of the IMB's piracy reporting center in Kuala Lumpur.
There were 23 people on board quickly locked themselves into a safe room and sent out a signal for help that was received by the IMB, which in turn alerted the Nigerian navy and other warships guarding the area.
Safe rooms are becoming more and more popular for protecting the crew in situations like this.
Choong informed that the pirates, had the intention to steal the tanker's cargo, leaved their plan as they could not enter the safe room and urged crews of other vessels off West Africa to be vigilant.
"The area is still risky," he told AFP. "We urge all vessels to maintain strict anti-piracy watches," he added.
21 attacks in the Gulf of Guinea off the west coast of Africa have been made this year, with 4 ships hijacked, information from Choong.
2 seafarers have been killed, 2 badly injured and 3 kidnapped, he told. Nigeria, Africa's biggest oil producer, was attacked in 13 out of the 21 attacks, Choong informed.
Pirates are selling the cargo to the black market.