Angola says Greek oil tanker 'faked' hijacking

A Greek oil tanker that disappeared off the coast of Angola last week faked its hijacking and has been located in Nigerian waters, the Angolan navy said Sunday. PHOTO/FILE

What you need to know:

  • The Liberian-flagged oil tanker MT Kerala had just loaded a shipment of diesel belonging to a subsidiary of Angola's state oil company Sonangol, when it went off the radar on January 18.
  • Its owners Athens-based Dynacom Tankers Management said earlier last week they suspected "pirates had taken control" of the vessel, which was carrying a crew of 27 Indians and Filipinos.
  • However Augusto Alfredo, spokesman for the Angolan navy, told AFP on Sunday "there has not been a hijacking of the vessel, but a faked hijacking."

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