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Pirates Kidnapped Seven Russians From A Tanker In The Gulf Of Guinea

Pirates Kidnapped Seven Russians From A Tanker In The Gulf Of Guinea

Seven Russian citizens are among the crew members of the Curacao Trader tanker kidnapped by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, according to the Russian Embassy in Nigeria.

"Among the 13 crew members who were kidnapped in the pirate attack on the Curacao Trader on July 17, 210 miles off the coast of Benin, are seven Russian citizens," said a statement posted on the Embassy's Twitter page.

As announced on July 18 by Alison Management, which manages the attacked tanker, the pirates took 13 crew members, consisting of 19 citizens of Russia and Ukraine, hostage in the Gulf of Guinea from the Curacao Trader tanker. "The tanker was attacked by pirates on July 17, 210 nautical miles off the coast of Benin at 11:00 local time (13:00 GMT)," the company said in a statement.

The landing of pirates on Board Curacao Trader was reported on July 17 by Dryad Global, a portal specializing in Maritime security issues. According to him, eight-armed persons boarded the tanker. The portal indicates that never before have hostage-taking in the Gulf of Guinea been carried out at such a remote distance from the coast. In his opinion, everything indicates that a large vessel was also involved in the criminal operation.

A Liberian-flagged tanker capable of carrying both oil and liquid chemicals has left the port of Lome (Togo). It was attacked 230 nautical miles South of the Nigerian city of Lagos. The ship is owned by Curacao Trader Shipping.

The Gulf of Guinea, which stretches from Senegal in Northern Africa to Angola in the South, has become the most dangerous region on the planet in terms of threats from sea robbers. In the first quarter of this year, 45% of global piracy cases were recorded there. The peculiarity of the actions of criminals in this Bay is the fact that they take crew members as hostages for further ransom. According to the International Maritime Bureau, in 2019, 90% of the abductions of seafarers from ships were in the Gulf of Guinea.

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