Pirates kill 1, kidnap 15 crew of Turkish ship off W AfricaPTI | Ankara | Updated: 24-01-2021 11:38 IST | Created: 24-01-2021 11:24 IST
After taking most of the crew on Saturday, the pirates left the ship in the Gulf of Guinea with three sailors aboard, state-run Anadolu news agency said. The vessel is currently heading to Gabon's Port-Gentil.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has twice spoken to the senior officer remaining on the ship, Furkan Yaren, the Turkish presidency said in a tweet. It added that Erdogan issued orders for the recovery of the kidnapped crew.
"The owners and operators of the M/V Mozart, which was hijacked at gunpoint in the Gulf of Guinea, have regretfully confirmed that one of its crew has been killed and others abducted," Istanbul-based Boden Maritime said in a statement.
According to reports, the pirates disabled most of the ship's systems, leaving only the navigation system for the remaining crew to find their way to port. The Maritime Traffic website showed the vessel's location was last recorded at 16:39 GMT on Saturday.
In July 2019, 10 Turkish seamen were kidnapped off the coast of Nigeria. They were released less than a month later.
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