Pirates Seize Containership Off Benin, Kidnap Crew -Bulgaria

Pirates Seize Containership Off Benin, Kidnap Crew -Bulgaria

Pirates Seize Containership Off Benin, Kidnap Crew -Bulgaria

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April 21, 2020

Pirates Seize Containership Off Benin, Kidnap Crew -Bulgaria
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SOFIA, April 21 (Reuters)– Pirates struck a Portugal- flagged ship and also abducted its Bulgarian captain and also 7 seafarers off the coastline of Benin, Bulgaria’s international ministry stated on Tuesday.

A ministry declaration stated the pirates that boarded the Tommi Ritscher container ship at the port of Cotonou in the Gulf of Guinea on Sunday had actually launched 11 various other participants of the team.

It stated it has actually asked for even more information from Benin’s international ministry however no details had actually been obtained thus far.

An agent of the Russian Embassy in Benin and also Togo was priced estimate as claiming by TASS information company that 3 Russian residents were amongst the captives took.

This is the current occurrence of piracy off the coastline ofBenin In November the West African country’s authorities opened up an examination after pirates abducted 9 individuals from a Norwegian- flagged watercraft.

While piracy has actually lowered worldwide, West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea is a risky location for kidnappings and also heist with carriers reporting numerous kidnappings in the area in current months.

(Reporting by Angel Krasimirov, Editing by William Maclean)

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