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Pirates ‘on speedboats’ kidnap 10 Turkish sailors off coast of Nigeria

File photo of Nigerian pirates

PortandTerminal.com, July 16, 2019

Armed pirates attacked a cargo ship off the coast of Nigeria and kidnapped 10 of the Turkish vessel’s crew members.

ABUJA, NIGERIA – A group of 10 Turkish sailors has been kidnapped by pirates off the coast of Nigeria, reportedly for ransom.

A Turkish cargo ship was attacked by pirates off the coast Nigeria on early Tuesday with ten sailors, all Turkish nationals, taken hostage for ransom.

The 8,900 deadweight-ton (Dwt) Turkish-flagged ship was attacked 230 kilometres (124 miles) the town of Brass and communication and navigation equipment were damaged, the statement said.

The vessel attacked is the Paksoy 1, a Turkish flagged vessel owned by the shipping company Kadioglu Denizcilik

When the ship was first attacked all of the crew went into hiding. After discovering some of the crew, the kidnappers threatened to kill them unless the others did not come out of hiding.

“We contacted those who were not kidnapped and found out that all crew members hid when the assailants boarded the ship”

Ship company representative

Once all 18 of the crew were rounded up, the kidnappers selected ten sailors at random to be held for ransom and released the other eight.

A company representative reported that “No injuries or loss of lives occurred according to initial information. Our efforts continue for the safe and sound release of all of our personnel”.

The hostages have not been heard from since they were taken.

Gulf of Guinea

Kidnappings and piracy for ransom in Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea are common.

Last week, the International Maritime Bureau described the Gulf of Guinea as the most dangerous area in the world for piracy. It said 73% of all sea kidnappings and 92% of hostage-takings took place in the Gulf of Guinea.

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