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Turkish sailors kidnapped off coast of Nigeria are released, reports say

Ten Turkish sailors that were kidnapped a month away from the coast of West Africa have been published, based on reports in Turkish country websites.

The 10 guys were bound for Ivory Coast aboard a container ship once the boat was intercepted by pirates off the coast of Nigeria on 16 July.

The pirates picked 10 to shoot off the boat, leaving others aboard.

Turkish state media station TRT stated the published sailors were in great health but gave no more information.

It wasn’t clear who’d kidnapped the guys or when a ransom was paid.

Their container boat, the Paksoy-1, was sailing from Cameroon into Ivory Coast if the pirates boarded the boat in the Gulf of Guinea. Numan Paksoy, by the ship’s management firm Kadıoğlu Maritime, stated”about 12 pirates with heavy guns attacked the ship”.

He told the BBC the team members concealed in a secure area — that the citadel — if the pirates boarded the boat but they emerged following the assailants”threatened to burn off the boat and kill all them”.

The Turks then chose 10 sailors and also allow another eight move, he explained.

The boat later docked at the port of Tema, in Ghana.

As stated by the International Maritime Bureau, the Gulf of Guinea is the most dangerous sea on the planet for piracy, together with 73percent of sea kidnappings and 92percent of hostage-takings happening in the Gulf from the coasts of Nigeria, Guinea, Togo, Benin, and Cameroon.

Separately, four Turkish nationals who were kidnapped in Nigeria’s Kwara State on 19 July were rescued on 26 July, Turkey’s state media station TRT news reported.