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Pirates off Nigeria’s coast attacked a cargo ship early Monday, shooting dead its captain and chief engineer in the increasingly dangerous waters for shippers, an official said.

The killings come as another ship nearby was attacked this weekend and pirates hijacked a tanker ship off the coast of neighboring Benin on Thursday, the International Maritime Bureau said.

Monday’s attack happened about 110 nautical miles from the coast of Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital and home to the nation’s biggest shipping port. Most of those onboard the unidentified cargo ship fled into a secured room as a gunfight raged, while those on the bridge remained at their posts, the piracy monitoring group said.

Source: The Associated Press via Fox News.

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