Sailor dead, 15 kidnapped in pirate attack on Turkish ship
A crew member was killed and 15 others abducted when pirates stormed a Turkish freighter with 19 crew members off the coast of Guinea, according to a statement.
According to a written statement from David Johnson, head of EOS Risk Group, the ship, named M / V Mozart, which was traveling from Lagos to Cape Town, was sailing 100 nautical miles northwest of the African island of Sao Tome when the pirates got on the ship.
Fifteen crew members moving from Lagos, Nigeria to Cape Town, South Africa were kidnapped, one was killed, while three remained on board, said David Johnson, head of UK group EOS Risk Group in the press release.
The crew member who was killed was an Azerbaijani sailor.
A tape recording shared on Twitter and believed to belong to the 4th captain of the ship says, “I don’t know where I’m going. The hackers took all the cables apart, nothing works. Only the browser is working. They gave me. One. route, I move accordingly. ”
According to the Turkish Communications Directorate, President Erdogan had two telephone conversations with Furkan Yaren, the ship’s 4th captain.
Erdogan learned that the ship was sailing to Gabon with three crew members inside.
Erdogan also said he was monitoring the situation closely.
Turkey launches initiative
According to information obtained from diplomatic sources, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu spoke to Yaren and received information from him regarding the incident and the situation on the ship.
Cavusoglu also spoke with the commercial director of the company to which the ship belongs and offered his condolences and assured him that the necessary steps to save the kidnapped crew would be taken.
The Foreign Minister also offered his condolences to Azerbaijani FM Jeyhun Bayramov for the death of Azerbaijani citizen.
Cavusoglu told him that when the ship lands at the port, they will transfer the body of the Azerbaijani sailor to his home.
Turkey has mobilized all means through its embassies in the region to save the kidnapped crew.
Kidnappings and piracy for ransom in Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea are common. A similar attack took place in 2019 when a Turkish freighter was attacked by Nigerian pirates and 10 sailors, all Turkish nationals, were taken hostage for ransom. Later, all the sailors were released.