Pirates Attack Tanker, Abduct Crew
News: Armed pirates attacked a Nigerian-flagged oil products tanker, MT Matrix, offshore Nigeria on June 1, according to unidentified security sources. The gunmen also kidnapped an unknown number of crew members. A total of 12 Pakistani and five Nigerians were onboard the MT Matrix when it was hijacked by the pirates near the coast of oil-producing Bayelsa state. Meanwhile, the rising acts of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea region have increased costs for shipping companies operating in the region.