Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Greek Sailor Killed By Pirates Off Cameroon

A Greek sailor was shot dead by pirates off the coast of Cameroon at the weekend, the West African country's state radio broadcaster said on Monday. Around 30 pirates travelling in three boats attacked one Greek vessel in the Atlantic off Kribi, south of main port city Douala and were taking it towards international waters when a sister ship gave chase."The pirates then opened fire on the second vessel, climbed into the cabin and shot the captain ... three times in the neck," the radio report said. All other 40 people on board the two Greek vessels were rescued by Cameroon's navy later on Saturday, while the body of the captain was recovered on Monday.

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