Pirates Kill Sailor, Kidnap 15 In Attack On Turkish-Cargo Ship

Pirates kidnap 15 sailors in attack on Turkish container ship off coast of Nigeria

Turkish ship hijacked in Gulf of Guinea – Middle East Monitor

Turkey's state-run Anadolu agency said one crew member was killed and 15 kidnapped by pirates from the ship that had a full crew of 19. Afterwards, the body is planned to be sent to Azerbaijan via Turkey on the first flight of Turkish Airlines on January 26, Abdullayeva said.

"I am deeply concerned by reports of the criminal attack on the container ship Mozart", IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim said in an emailed statement on Monday. During the struggle, one crew member aboard died.

Turkish media reported that the vessel along with the crew was abducted at gunpoint.

The Liberian-flagged M/V Mozart was on its way from Lagos in Nigeria to Cape Town, South Africa, when it was attacked on Saturday morning.

Turkish news channel NTV spoke to a sailor still on board who said several crew members were wounded. Earlier, a voice from the Mozart - purportedly that of the new captain - had said on a recording posted on Twitter: "I do not know where I am heading".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spoken twice by phone with the ship's senior officer Furkan Yaren, who remained on board after the attack. Out of 135 sailors abducted globally previous year, 130 were recorded in the Gulf of Guinea - the highest ever number of crew members kidnapped in the area stretching thousands of kilometres from Senegal to Angola.

"Pirates have not got in touch either with us, with the company or with the families of the sailors", Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters.

"There have been attacks on our ships and other countries' ships before. But all kinds of preparation and work have been done", Cavusoglu added.

In July 2019, in a similar incident, ten Turkish seamen were abducted off the coast of Nigeria.

Out of 135 sailors abducted globally past year, 130 were recorded in the Gulf of Guinea, the highest number of crew members kidnapped in the area stretching thousands of kilometres from Senegal to Angola.

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