Nigerian pirates hijacked Turkish ship, took 15 hostages and killed an Azerbaijani on board

Nigerian pirates hijacked Turkish ship, took 15 hostages and killed an Azerbaijani on board
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  • calendar-gray 24 January 2021

A Turkish cargo ship with 19 crew members was hijacked by pirates Saturday in the Gulf of Guinea, APA reports quoting NTV.

Fifteen crew members moving from Lagos, Nigeria to Cape Town, South Africa were kidnapped. The militants killed the only Azerbaijani on board Farman Ismayilov, while three remained with the pirates, David Johnson, the head of the UK-based EOS Risk Group said in the statement.

The ship, Mozart, of Istanbul-based Boden company, was attacked in the Gulf of Guinea, 160 kilometers (100 miles) off Sao Tome, he added.

A tape recording shared on Twitter and believed to be belonging to the captain of the ship says: "I don't know where I'm going. The pirates dismantled all cables, nothing is working. Only the navigator works. They gave me a route, I'm moving accordingly."

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