Piracy around the Horn of Africa is now largely under control. But the business is spreading to other waters, and kidnapping is becoming particulary common off the waters of the Philippines.
The six were abducted by an armed criminal gang in late October off the southeastern Nigerian coast. The circumstances of their release remains unclear.
Cameroon and Nigeria have intensified efforts to fight piracy and banditry along the Gulf of Guinea. And as a result of these joint operations, the number of hijackings have drastically fallen down.
An Islamist militant group has claimed it has abducted a German sailor and killed his companion aboard their yacht. The Abu Sayyaf group has made millions in kidnappings for ransom.
A captain of a cargo ship and several crew members have been kidnapped by suspected pirates in Nigeria, Polish officials say. Several other sailors escaped capture by barricading themselves inside the vessel.
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