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Hijacked tanker released off Cote d'Ivoire

Hijacked tanker released off Cote d'Ivoire

A Nigerian fuel tanker hijacked by pirates off Cote d’Ivoire has been released, the Reuters news agency reports with reference to the vessel’s owner.

The Panama-flagged ITRI tanker with a 16-member Nigerian crew was heading for the port of Abidjan when it was attacked.

The pirates locked the crew in one of the rooms and discharged the entire cargo - 5,000 metric tons of fuel. After that they left the tanker and escaped in an unknown direction.

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