Russian Sailors Kidnapped in the Gulf of Guinea Arrive in St. Petersburg and Rostov

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Four Russian sailors, freed after being kidnapped by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, arrived in St. Petersburg, and two others in Rostov-on-Don, said the vice president of the Russian Union of sailors, Igor Kovalchuk, to Sputnik.

On January 30, the Russian Embassy in Nigeria announced that all Russian crew members of the freighter MSC Mandy kidnapped by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea were released.

“Four arrived in St. Petersburg and two in Rostov-on-Don, because one of the sailors is from this city and another from Taganrog,” said Kovalchuk.

On the night of January 1 to 2, pirates attacked the freighter MSC Mandy – with the Panama flag – with 24 crew members on board, including 23 Russians and one Ukrainian, while drifting 20 miles off the port of Cotonou ( in Benin), in the Gulf of Guinea.

Russian Sailors Kidnapped in the Gulf of Guinea Arrive in St. Petersburg and Rostov

During the attack six Russian sailors, including the ship’s captain.

 

Source: Mundo Sputnik News