Russians captured by pirates near Benin
Six Russian sailors were captured by the pirates near Benin on Jan.1, Anadolu Agency reports with a reference to the Russian Agency for Maritime and River Transport (Rosmorrechflot).
Up to nine armed pirates crashed into the container ship MSC Mandy which drifted in the Gulf of Guinea, and plundered the team, the maritime agency said in a statement on Saturday.
"Two hours later, the bandits left the ship, kidnapping six crew members, all citizens of the Russian Federation (captain, senior assistant captain, 3rd mate, boatswain, fitter and cook). Among the remaining 18 crew members no wounded, no injured", it said.