March 18 Seven Chinese fishermen were released
after being taken hostage off the coast of Cameroon last week,
an area where there have been a number of oil finds and where
there have been mounting signs of piracy and kidnapping.
Analysts say ships passing through Africa's Gulf of Guinea
are at greater peril than off Somalia because West African
pirates appear more ready to use deadly force [ID:nGEE5B113D].
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.
24 Nov, 2009 - Pirates attacked a Monrovia-flagged tanker
carrying Nigerian crude oil, killing an officer.[ID:nGEE5AN2UR]
BAKASSI PENINSULA -- CAMEROON/NIGERIA BORDER
13, March, 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.
10, Oct, 2009 - Cameroon military forces repel attack on
fishing vessel Rose Three, killing four gunmen and capturing
three. Former rebel leader says Bakassi Freedom Fighters were
14, March, 2009 - Gunmen attacked a supply vessel kidnapping
31 Oct, 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.
19 Oct, 2008 - Cameroonian security forces fought off an
attack by pirates.
28 Sept, 2008 - Seaborne gunmen attacked Limbe, a coastal
town near the port city of Douala, killing one person and
robbing four banks.
11 June, 2008 - Pirates ambushed and abducted a Cameroonian
official and five soldiers.
24 Jan, 2009 - About 30 pirates seized a Greek fishing
vessel off Kribi, killing a Greek sailor.
28 Sept, 2008 - Gunmen attacked 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
4 Jan, 2009 - Gunmen hijacked 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.
17 Feb, 2009 - Seaborne gunmen attacked 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.
December, 2007 - Armed raiders in speedboats stormed two
banks in Bata, grabbing cash and shooting passers-by.
(Writing by David Lewis and Richard Valdmanis; Editing by