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Pirates kidnap 24 in gunfight off Togo coast

Pirates kidnap 24 in gunfight off Togo coast

An anti-piracy organization says pirates have attacked a Greek-owned oil tanker off the coast of Togo, kidnapping 24 sailors in an exchange of gunfire.
Noel Choong of the International Maritime Bureau told The Associated Press the attack happened Tuesday morning about 17 nautical miles off the coast of Lome, Togo's capital.
Choong said the pirates shot at a naval boat and escaped. Choong said he believed the pirates would hold the sailors only until they've stolen all the cargo onboard the ship, which has happened several times in the region.
Piracy in West Africa has drastically increased in recent years, with pirates increasingly willing to use violence in their attacks.


Updated : 2021-07-31 15:50 GMT+08:00