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Pirates seize French ship off Nigeria

world Updated: Jan 06, 2009 00:43 IST

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Pirates seized a ship belonging to French maritime services company Bourbon off the coast of Nigeria during the weekend and are holding nine crew members hostage, the company said on Monday.

"Bourbon confirms that the Bourbon Leda and its nine crew members (five Nigerians, two Ghanaians, one Cameroonian and one Indonesian) were seized off the coast of Nigeria during the night of Saturday January 3 to Sunday January 4," a statement said.

"Bourbon received Sunday, January 4, a call which allowed it to be in contact with the commander of the Bourbon Leda who confirmed that all crew members were safe and in good health."

The Bourbon Leda, a vessel of the FSIV (Fast Supply Intervention Vessel) type was attacked off Bonny, a major oil and gas terminal in southern Nigeria.