An armed Somali pirate along the coastline while a cargo ship is seen anchored just off the shore. MOHAMED DAHIR / AFP
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Pirates have attacked a Turkish cargo ship off the coast of Nigeria, kidnapping six crew members in a region increasingly hit by piracy in recent years, the Nigerian navy said Monday.The pirates attacked the vessel in the dead of night while it was steaming through the oil-rich Niger Delta, added the spokesman.At the end of 2015, pirates kidnapped and later released crew members from Lithuania, Ukraine and Poland in separate attacks in the area, increasingly a piracy hot spot.The Control Risks consultancy in February told reporters in Lagos there had been 24 cases of "piracy and armed robbery at sea" since the turn of the year – double the number in the final two months of 2015 .
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