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Controversial tanker robbed by Nigerian pirates near Abidjan.

Africa Security News.-  Near Abidjan, photo of seized Oil tanker.

Africa Security News.- Near Abidjan, photo of seized Oil tanker.

ABIDJAN –  Pirates robbed an petroleum products tanker near Ivory Coast’s port of Abidjan,  the raid on the tanker came just a day after two failed pirate attacks that occurred just hours apart in waters off Nigeria’s southeastern coast.

Pirate attacks in West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea, a significant source of oil, cocoa and metals for world markets, have almost doubled from last year, jacking up insurance costs for shipping companies.

The vast majority of the region’s maritime robberies and hijackings are believed to be carried out by criminal gangs based in Nigeria, and the security advisor said this was likely the case with the three incidents last week.

According to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB),  the attack occurred at 9.15 p.m. (2115 GMT) on Aug. 27 around 45 nautical miles southeast of Abidjan.