In Summary
  • The 10 men were bound for Ivory Coast aboard a container ship when the vessel was intercepted by pirates off the coast of Nigeria on 16 July.
  • Turkish state media channel TRT said the released sailors were in good health but gave no more details.
  • Their container ship, the Paksoy-1, had been sailing from Cameroon to Ivory Coast when the pirates boarded the ship in the Gulf of Guinea.
  • Separately, four Turkish nationals who were also kidnapped in Nigeria's Kwara State on July 19 were rescued on 26 July, Turkey's state media channel TRT news reported.

Ten Turkish sailors who were kidnapped in July off the coast of West Africa have been released, according to reports in Turkish state media.

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

The pirates chose the 10 to take off the ship, leaving eight others aboard.

Turkish state media channel TRT said the released sailors were in good health but gave no more details.

It was not clear who had kidnapped the men or if a ransom had been paid.

WHAT HAPPENED

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