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5 Poles abducted by Nigerian pirates have been freed

5 Poles abducted in Nigerian waters last month have been freed, Polish government says

5 Poles abducted by Nigerian pirates have been freed

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's prime minister says that five Polish seamen abducted from a ship off Nigeria's coast in late November have been freed and are returning home.

Beata Szydlo called a news conference on Tuesday to announce the men are safe. She said they are returning home and would be able to spend Christmas with their families.

Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski, standing next to Szydlo, thanked the Nigerian authorities for their help. Neither Polish official gave details of how the men were freed.

Armed pirates abducted the captain, three officers and a seaman from the MV Szafir cargo ship in Nigerian waters on Nov. 26. Eleven other crew members barricaded themselves inside the ship and were left unharmed.

Updated : 2021-09-28 01:36 GMT+08:00