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Pirates free crew kidnapped from ship off Equatorial Guinea

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Four crew members kidnapped from a container ship off the West African nation of Equatorial Guinea in April have been released, the vessel’s management company said.

Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea region, which includes Africa’s biggest oil producer Nigeria, is pushing up costs for shipping firms operating there. Many experts believe the region’s pirate gangs grew out of insurgent groups involved in oil theft in Nigeria’s restless Delta region

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