March 30 Attackers hijacked a Nigerian boat carrying goods off the coast of Cameroon and are demanding a $1.5-million ransom for the release of its captain and one crew member, local officials said on March 28. [ID:nLDE62S25R]
The attack was the latest in the Bakassi peninsula, coming two weeks after a previously unknown group calling itself the African Marine Commando hijacked a Chinese fishing vessel there with seven crew onboard.
Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea poses a threat to seaborne commerce in a region that produces significant quantities of oil, natural gas, bauxite and other resources and which has drawn billions of dollars in energy and mining investment.
Here is a list of some of the attacks that have taken place in the Gulf, which stretches from Angola to the south, around Africa's central and western coast, to the Guineas in the west.
BAKASSI PENINSULA -- CAMEROON/NIGERIA BORDER
March 27, 2010 - Nigerian boat carrying goods off the coast of Cameroon is hijacked and attackers demand $1.5 million for the release of its captain and one member of the crew. Local military and administrative officials believe the attackers belonged to the Africa Marine Commando group.
March 13, 2010 - A Chinese fishing vessel with seven fishermen aboard hijacked off the Bakassi Peninsula. The Africa Marine Commando demand ransom and the sailors are released.
Oct 10, 2009 - Cameroon military forces repel attack on fishing vessel Rose Three, killing four gunmen and capturing three. Former rebel leader says Bakassi Freedom Fighters responsible.
March 14, 2009 - Gunmen attacked supply vessel kidnapping four crew.
Oct 31, 2008 - Gunmen saying they objected to the return of the Bakassi peninsula to Cameroon seized 10 crew, most of them French, working on an oil supply vessel.
Sept 28, 2008 - Seaborne gunmen attacked Limbe, a coastal town near the port city of Douala, killing one person and robbing four banks.
Nov 24, 2009 - Pirates attack a Monrovia-flagged tanker carrying Nigerian crude oil, killing an officer.
Jan 24, 2009 - About 30 pirates seize Greek fishing vessel off Kribi, killing a Greek sailor.
Sept 28, 2008 - Gunmen attack the Cameroonian port town of Limbe, shooting their way into banks, killing one person as they fought off the security forces and made off with large amounts of money.
Jan 4, 2009 - Gunmen hijack a vessel belonging to French oil services group Bourbon off Nigeria's Niger Delta as it travelled towards a Royal Dutch Shell offshore oilfield with four expatriates. This attack followed a June 2008 strike against Shell's $3.6 billion offshore Bonga oilfield that forced the plant, capacity of 220,000 barrels per day, to shut down.
Feb 17, 2009 - Seaborne gunmen attack oil-producing Equatorial Guinea's island capital, shooting their way into the presidential palace before they were repelled by security forces, backed by helicopter gunships. The government blamed militants from Nigeria's Niger Delta for the raid. (Writing by David Lewis and Richard Valdmanis)
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