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Hijacked Singaporean Ship Released Off Nigerian Waters

A hijacked Singaporean oil tanker carrying 21 sailors was released on August 3,2014,  about one week after being seized by pirates in waters off Ghana in west Africa, Seoul’s foreign ministry said.

The 3,200-tonne tanker, carrying a South Korean captain and chief engineer, was hijacked on July 26 off the southern coast of Ghana, the ministry said.

The vessel, which had loaded in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati, was also carrying 12 Chinese, one Singaporean and six Myanmar nationals, it said.

The statement explained that all  sailors are unhurt and it appears that some of their fuel has been stolen, adding that  the ship was released in waters off Nigeria.

It did not say whether a ransom has been paid, but Yonhap news agency said the hijacking appeared to have been aimed at stealing fuel.

Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the Singaporean is safe and has been in touch with his family.

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