The Nigerian navy says it has foiled a pirate attack on a British-flagged cargo ship about 20 nautical miles from the coastal city of Bonny.

A navy spokesman said it deployed a warship which used its superior firepower to fight off the pirates.

Special forces then rescued the ship's crew who had locked themselves into a safe room.

There has been an increase in hijackings and other violent activity in Nigeria's oil-rich Delta region since President Muhammadu Buhari took office last year.

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