Pirates attacked a Norwegian vessel off the coast of Nigeria on Thursday and kidnapped nine Nigerian nationals onboard, the ship’s Norwegian owner BW Offshore said.
The Sendje Berge, an offshore support vessel for the oil and gas industry, came under attack at 0320 GMT, BW Offshore said in a filing to the Oslo stock exchange.
There has been no news on the nine Nigerians since they were taken, but nobody remaining on board the ship had been hurt, according to the statement.
At the time of the attack, the Sendje Berge was working at the Okwori oilfield on behalf of China’s Addax Petroleum.
The Gulf of Guinea, which includes the Nigerian coast, has in recent years been the scene of a growing number of attacks by pirates who loot ships or kidnap crews or passengers for ransom.
A ‘bomb-like’ device has been destroyed in a controlled explosion in Central Oslo.
Police officers cordoned off a large part of the Gronland area on Saturday evening, before the bomb squad detonated the suspected device.
A police spokesman said a suspect is in custody as police were already on alert after an attack in Sweden on Friday.
A truck ploughed into a Stockholm department store, killing four people and leaving 15 more injured.
It was said to be the worst attack to hit the Nordic region since the 2011 killing of 77 people in Norway by far-right extremist, Anders Brevik.
Swedish police confirmed on Saturday that they had found the unknown device on the driver’s seat in the abandoned lorry, which they were testing.
The investigation has been handed over to Norway’s Police Security Service.