Thursday, October 24, 2013

Piracy incident near Nigeria seems urgent; recall an earlier communication to me in 2008

Pirates have kidnapped the captain and chief engineer of an oil tanker off the Nigeria coast, after an attack, a bit in the manner of the film “Captain Phillips”, according to a Reuters story here
  
What is disturbing is that there seems to be no Naval warship in the region or any plans for a rescue.  That is what CNN reported, and from a national security view[point, that sounds outrageous. 
   
Later information suggests that the Americans were singled out and that they may have been taken onshore to a primitive compound run by the pirates.
   
I received a bizarre email about Nigerian oil security on Aug. 15, 2008 which I published here on that day.  

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