Chinese vessel crew in stable condition after pirate attack

08:54, May 19, 2010      

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Four injured Chinese crew members were in stable condition on Tuesday after a pirate attack on a general cargo vessel on Sunday evening.

The four injured, including the captain, are receiving treatment in Lagoon Hospital in Lagos, Nigeria. Doctors said they are all in stable condition.

The cargo ship "Anzejiang", which belonged to the Chinese shipping giant China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company, was attacked about 8:30 p.m. on Sunday by 15 pirates in two speed boats when it berthed outside the Apapa port in Lagos, said Liu Xinjun, captain of the ship.

Liu was shot in the feet and his head was smashed with a whiskey bottle by the pirates. The pirates forced him to open the coffer with guns pointing to his back and robbed 8,000 yuan (1,173 U.S. dollars).

There were 28 crew on board when the attack happened. They used the beer bottles, woodblocks and fire-fighting water to fight with the pirates, who were armed with rifles and AK-47.

"Thanks to a whistle when the pirates were smashing the door of the crew dormitory with gunstocks," said Liu, "Most of the people were hiding in the dormitory to avoid casualties and they just left after the whistle at about 10 p.m. "

Chinese Consul-General in Lagos Guo Kun on Thursday visited the injured crew in the hospital and the other members at the Apapa Port where the ship was berthed. He asked the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency to strengthen the safeguard around the region and avoid similar incidents from happening when talking with the agency officials at the port.

Source: Xinhua


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