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Turkish sailors were taken hostage by armed pirates in Nigeria



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The Nigerian Navy has reinforced patrol boats to combat piracy

A group of 1

0 Turkish seamen were abducted by pirates off the coast of Nigeria, reportedly for ransom.

The Paksoy-1 sailed from Cameroon to Ivory Coast as the pirates in the Gulf of Guinea boarded the ship.

She carried no cargo and eight sailors were able to escape. Turkey says it is working to get the confiscated released.

The International Maritime Bureau says the Gulf of Guinea is the world's most dangerous ocean for piracy.

said Ömer Çelik, spokesman for the ruling Turkish AK party The ministry followed the case closely and "worked on it".

Numan Paksoy, Operations Manager at Kadıoğlu Maritime, said that "12 pirates with heavy cannons" attacked the boat.

Crewmen hid in a safe room – the Citadel – when the pirates boarded the ship, but then surfaced. "The attackers threatened to burn the ship and kill everyone," he told the BBC in an e-mail. Mail with.

The attackers then selected 10 sailors and released the other eight.

73% of all sea-kidnappings and 92% of hostage-taking take place in the Gulf of Guinea in Nigeria, Guinea, Togo, Benin and Cameroon, according to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB). Decline in attacks in the region due to an increase in patrols of the Nigerian navy.

This year, 21 incidents have been reported in Nigeria, compared to 31 in the same period of 2018.

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