Posted on Wed 17 Jul 2019, 09:21 AM

10 Turkish sailors have been kidnapped by pirates off the coast of Nigeria

Reports say the Paksoy-1 was sailing from Cameroon to Ivory Coast when the pirates boarded the ship in the Gulf of Guinea. It was not carrying freight and eight sailors managed to escape.

Turkey says it is working to secure the release of those seized and the International Maritime Bureau says the Gulf of Guinea is the most dangerous sea in the world for piracy. 

Spokesman for Turkey's ruling AK Party, Ömer Çelik, said the ministry was following the case closely and "working on it".

According to the operations manager of the maritime company running the ship, Numan Paksoy, "12 pirates with heavy guns" had attacked the boat.  Crew members hid in a safe room - the citadel - when the pirates boarded the ship, but emerged after "the assailants threatened to burn the ship and kill all of them", he told the BBC in an emailed statement.  

As at the time of publishing this report, Nigerian authorities or any other in the sub-region,  are yet to react to this development.

 

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