Nigerian Navy stated on Monday that pirates have attacked a Turkish cargo ship off the coast of Nigeria, kidnapping six crew members.
According to the statement by the Nigerian Navy spokesman, Chris Ezekobe, “All the six Turkish crew members, including the captain of the vessel, the chief officer and the chief engineer, were abducted by the attackers”
Ezekobe said the ship, a merchant tanker, was used for crude oil operations and the Navy was working with Interpol and Nigeria’s secret police to secure the crew’s release.
The ship. M/T Puli, is said to be owned by Kaptanoglu Shipping.
Both the kidnapped crew and those who remained on the ship, were “in good health”, the company was reported as saying.
It was unclear how many crew members were aboard, which was carrying chemicals, when it was attacked. Company officials said they have had no contact with the pirates.
“The attackers had possibly already attempted to board another ship in the vicinity the previous day.
“It is extremely busy outside the Niger Delta at the moment and we had three attacks against tankers before this one between April 7 and 10″
The pirates attacked the vessel in the dead of night while it was steaming through the oil-rich Niger Delta, added the Navy spokesman.