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Turkish crew taken hostage in pirate attack off Nigeria

Pirates have kidnapped 10
Turkish sailors after attacking the Turkish-flagged cargo ship Paksoy-1 off the
Nigerian coast.

The incident occurred on the
evening of July 13, according to the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).
The 8,900 dwt ship was boarded
230 kilometers off the town of Brass while it was en route from Douala,
Cameroon, to Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
The ship has been released in
the meantime and is anchored at the port of Tema, Ghana. The pirates are still
holding 10 of the ship’s 18 crew and the Turkish MFA said it was working with
Nigerian and Ghanaian authorities to secure their release.
Vessel operator Kadıoğlu
Maritime said communication and navigation equipment were damaged on the ship
but no injuries or loss of lives occurred, according to initial information.
The pirate attack comes on the
back of Nigeria’s new bill aimed at reducing widespread piracy in the region.
The International Maritime
Bureau’s (IMB) latest piracy report revealed that the Gulf of Guinea remained
especially dangerous for merchant shipping, with 73 percent of attacks taking
place off the coasts of Nigeria, Guinea, Togo, Benin and Cameroon.
World Maritime News.

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