Ten Turkish crew released after a month’s captivity in Nigeria

Ten Turkish seafarers who were kidnapped last month off the coast of West Africa have been released.

The 10 men were bound for Ivory Coast aboard a containership when the vessel, Paksoy-1, was intercepted by pirates off the coast of Nigeria on 16 July.

The pirates left eight other crew aboard.

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

Numan Paksoy, from the ship’s management company Kadıoğlu Maritime, said “about 12 pirates with heavy guns attacked the boat”.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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