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Filipino crewman killed in pirate attack Nigeria Islamists kill 6 rangers

MANILA, Philippines, Feb 6, (Agencies): Philippine officials say a Filipino crewman has been fatally shot in a pirate attack on a chemical tanker off the coast of Nigeria.
Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez said Wednesday the crewmen’s local employment agency confirmed the Marshall-islands flagged tanker Pyxis Delta was attacked Monday.
He says a Filipino was shot and was pronounced dead. The other eight Filipinos “are safe on board the ship which is anchored off the coast of Nigeria.”
Hernandez says the department has no other details.
The International Maritime Bureau in Malaysia said Monday that pirates approached and fired at a chemical tanker off Lagos. An onboard naval security team drove away the attackers, but an injured crew member later died. Meanwhile, Boko Haram insurgents killed at least six park rangers on Tuesday in a reprisal attack after troops backed by helicopter gunships destroyed their base in a Nigerian game reserve.
Security forces last week killed 17 militants and destroyed two Boko Haram training camps in the northeast, one in a forest and one in the Sambisa Reserve.
The officer in charge of the Sambisa Reserve, Hassan Malgwi, said gunmen believed to be Boko Haram attacked the staff camp after midnight.
“Six people were killed. Many of our staff are still missing as the camp is now deserted,” he said.
Neither the military nor Boko Haram were available for comment.
Boko Haram are seen as the most serious threat to the stability of Nigeria, Africa’s top energy producer, and Western governments fear it could become a base for operations of al-Qaeda-linked Islamist groups in the Sahara.

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