Nigerian Navy foils attacks on two oil tankers

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The Nigerian navy foiled two pirate attacks on oil tankers on Wednesday in the country’s Atlantic waters and freed 21 crew members, Bloomberg reports.

Troops intercepted a vessel, the MT Gaz Providence, seized by pirates a day earlier near Bonny Island, rescuing 21 crew members, Suleman Dahun, the navy’s spokesman, said in an e-mailed statement.

They also stopped gunmen from boarding another tanker, the MT Rio Spirit, which had picked up cargo from the Qua Iboe Terminal run by Exxon Mobil Corp.’s local unit.