10 Turkish Sailors Kidnapped Off Nigeria Coast Freed

The 10 Turkish sailors who were kidnapped on a cargo ship by "pirates" off the coast of Nigeria last month have been freed.

The sailors were seized by armed men who attacked the Turkish-flagged Paksoy-1 cargo vessel, operated by shipping company Kadioglu Denizcilik.

The Turkey's state news agency Anadolu reported last weekend that the sailors are in good health,

No details were immediately available on the release of the captives.

Recall that the shipping company which operates Paksoy-1, Kadioglu Denizcilik, had confirmed the July  attack in  a statement, It added  that the vessel was attacked when the pirates boarded the ship on its way from Cameroon to the Ivory Coast in the Gulf of Guinea, PressTv reported.

It said:”Paksoy-1 was sailing without freight from Cameroon’s port city of Douala to Abidjan in Ivory Coast when the pirates boarded the ship in the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean” .

The company’s operation manager, Numan Paksoy, said out of the 18 people that boarded the 8,900 deadweight-ton ships, only 10 among them were kidnapped.

He said the assailants picked the 10 after threatening to kill all the sailors after the crew members hid in a safe room.