Hijacked ship: Turkey launches initiative to find kidnapped crew off Nigeria

EYEAFRICA TV: Ankara, TURKEY:- Turkey has launched an initiative to find the crew members kidnapped on Saturday, following pirate attack on Turkish cargo ship off Nigeria

A Turkish cargo ship with 19 crew members was hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea.

Fifteen crew members moving from Lagos, Nigeria to Cape Town, South Africa were kidnapped, one was killed, 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.”

Turkey is mobilizing resources, including embassies in Abuja, Nigeria and the neighboring countries to rescue the kidnapped crew.

According to diplomatic sources, Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu spoke on the phone with Furkan Yaren, the 4th Captain of the ship, and received information about the incident and the situation on the ship.

Çavuşoğlu also talked to Osman Levent Karsan, the operator of the company to which the ship belongs, and conveyed “his condolences and well wishes.

He emphasized that the necessary actions will be taken to rescue the abducted crew members as soon as possible and return them to their homes safely.

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