African pirates dumped near Benin captured the ship off the coast of Nigeria and took away with them three Russians
Pirates seized 30 November off the coast of the West African state of Benin the ship Saronic Breeze, left the ship, but left in hostages of three Russians, said RBC head of the consular Department of the Embassy of Russia in Benin Nina Abrahamyan.
About the capture of the Russians became known after managed to get on the ship and mingle with the crew. Then the pirates on Board were gone. They are, according to Hovik Abrahamyan, left the ship in the territorial waters of Nigeria, 30 km from Port Harcourt, the capital of Nigeria’s rivers state.
“A senior aide said that the pirates took hostage three Russian citizens – captain, second engineer and the cook,” said head of the consular Department. Information about the demands of the pirates, their location and where the hostages are, in the consular Department do not have.
The representative of the Embassy assured that the Embassy is in constant touch with the Beninese law enforcement authorities.
Now the ship returned to the port of Benin – Katana. According to senior assistant captain, at the moment, on Board were 17 people – 15 citizens of Russia and two citizens of Ukraine, said the speaker , RIA “Novosti”. The official representative of the foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said on the eve of the 18 Russians and two citizens of Ukraine.
Ambassador of Benin to Russia anisette Gabriel Kochofa denied on the eve of TASS, the seizure of the vessel occurred in the territorial waters of this country. “The ship was captured by pirates, but beyond the territorial waters of Benin,” he said.
The diplomat said that the Russians will be released as soon as the ship on which they are located, fall in the territorial waters of Benin. “Then we will be able to communicate with the crew and find out what happened actually. While it is known that the ship was sailing from Ghana to Benin direction”, – he said.