Seven Nigerian men who were arrested on suspicion of attempting to hijack an oil tanker off the coast of southern England have been bailed.
The men were arrested on suspicion of “seizing or exercising control of a ship by use of threats or force” after a burglar alarm forced a special force to raid the 43,000-tonne tanker.
Detectives have said the seven men threatened the 22-member crew, forcing them to seek refuge in the ship’s citadel, where they raised the alarm from.
The Liberian-flagged, Greek-owned vessel, which was six miles (10 kilometres) off the Isle of Wight on England’s south coast at the time, was taken to the port of Southampton.
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Hampshire Police said on Thursday night that the men, who smuggled themselves onto the Nave Andromeda in Lagos, were released from custody but “remain detained under Border Force powers”, pending further investigations.
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