Pirates hijack Turkish-operated oil tanker off Gabon coast, 20 Indian expats hostage

Posted on July 16, 2013 • Filed under: Africa, Conflicts, Expatriate Kidnapped, Expatriates Kidnapped, Travel News

As reported by Timesofindia.com, Somali pirates struck again on Sunday by hijacking a Turkish-owned oil tanker off the western Africa coast. The Malta-flagged ship, MV Cotton, with its crew of 20 Indian sailors, was attacked near Port Gentil in Gabon. A Turkish foreign ministry official confirmed the incident said a foreign news agency. Six of the sailors are natives of Kolkata. Captain Shishir Wahi (54) took over the vessel’s command on July 12. “My father flew from Kolkata on July 5 to take the command of the vessel. Read Article

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