Turkey Says 15 Sailers Kidnapped Off Nigeria Are Free
Sumaira FH 22 days ago Fri 12th February 2021 | 11:10 PM
"We are going to repatriate our compatriots," Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by the Anadolu state news agency.
"They are in good health," he said without providing details about the crew's release.
The unidentified armed men killed an Azerbaijani sailor and wounded several of the Liberian-flagged vessel's crew.
The ship then sailed on to Gabon before contact was officially lost.
Pirate attacks on ships worldwide jumped 20 percent last year driven by a record spate of kidnappings off West Africa, the International Maritime Bureau said last month.
Out of 135 sailors abducted globally last year, 130 were recorded in the Gulf of Guinea -- the highest ever number of crew members kidnapped in the area stretching thousands of kilometres (miles) from Senegal to Angola.