British cargo ship attacked

Updated at 11:10 am on 9 February 2013

Pirates have attacked a British cargo ship in the Gulf of Guinea, taking three crew members hostage.

The owner of the Esther C said it was boarded on Thursday by pirates who stole some property, took the seamen and then left.

Carisbrooke Shipping said the remaining nine crew members were safe and the ship had continued its voyage.

Armed hijackings have been on the rise in Gulf of Guinea, an increasingly important source of oil, cocoa and metals.

Earlier this week a French petroleum products tanker hijacked off Ivory Coast was released with its crew of 17 safe.

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