‘Pirates’ kidnap 10 Turkish sailors off Nigeria coast

17 Juillet, 2019, 11:12 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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Kidnappings and piracy for ransom in Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea are common.

General cargo ship PAKSOY 1 was attacked and boarded by pirates at 2250 UTC Jul 13 in Gulf of Guinea in vicinity 02 58N 004 40E, SW of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Turkey's foreign ministry said the sailors were seized on Saturday evening.

"No injuries or loss of lives occurred according to initial information".

The vessel's owner Ahmet Paksoy told CNN on Wednesday that the pirates had disrupted the ship's electric system before seizing the captain and other senior sailors, leaving only eight crew members behind who subsequently managed to sail the ship to a harbour in Ghana under military escort. "Our efforts continue for the safe and sound release of all of our personnel".

Shipping company Kadioglu says 10 sailors taken hostage, eight sailors safe on Turkish-flagged Paksoy-1 ship.

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Last week, the International Maritime Bureau described the Gulf of Guinea as the most risky area in the world for piracy.

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That amounted to seventy-three per cent of all kidnappings at sea and 92 per cent of hostage-takings from January to June this year, it said.

He declined to give further details.

Armed pirates kidnapped 27 crew members in the first half of 2019.

The shipping company, Kadioglu Denizcilik, on Tuesday said in a statement that the vessel was attacked when the pirates boarded the ship on its way from Cameroon to the Ivory Coast in the Gulf of Guinea, PressTv reported.

An IMB report in April credited the decrease in attacks to Nigeria's navy ramping up its efforts to "actively respond to reported incidents by dispatching patrol boats".

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