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Captured by pirates off the coast of Benin, the sailors are Russian citizens, according to the Russian Embassy in Benin.
“The attackers took six people hostage, including the captain of the vessel, and fled. All captured – the citizens of Russia, “- said in a message on Facebook of the Russian diplomatic mission.
According to the Beninese naval forces, after the attack the vessel MSC MANDY went into the territorial waters of Nigeria. “The Russian Embassy in Benin maintains close working cooperation with the Russian Embassy in Nigeria, as well as with the Benin authorities,” the report says.
Meanwhile, the Russian Embassy in Nigeria is also taking steps to locate the captured Russians, the embassy said.
“The embassy, in cooperation with the local security authorities, is taking all the necessary measures to locate the captured Russian sailors and to release them,” says his Facebook message.
It is noted that “the rest of the crew are safe on board the ship MSC MANDY, who left the territorial waters of Nigeria.”
Earlier it was reported that the ship MSC MANDY (the flag of Panama), on board which were 24 crew members, including 23 citizens of Russia and one citizen of Ukraine, was subjected to a pirate attack during a drift 20 miles from the coast aboard the Cotonou port (Benin) in Gulf of Guinea. The bandits kidnapped six Russians (captain, senior mate, 3rd mate, boatswain, fitter-welder, cook). According to the agency, there are no injuries among the remaining 18 crew members.
Source: Maritime News of Russia