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Benin: Pirates attack tanker in Gulf of Guinea Feb. 2

Pirates attack tanker ship in Gulf of Guinea February 2; ship and 22 crewmembers held hostage

05 Feb 02:17 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 2/5/2018, 12:00 AM until 2/10/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Porto-Novo). COUNTRY/REGION Benin

Event

A tanker ship was attacked by pirates off the coast of Benin in the Gulf of Guinea on Friday, February 2. The ship was carrying 22 Indian crewmembers and 13,500 tons of gasoline. As of Monday, February 5, the ship and its 22 crewmembers are still missing. No known communication has been established with the pirates, and their location, as well as the location and condition of the hostages, is currently unknown. A search is underway with the help of Nigerian and Beninese authorities.

Context

On January 10, a company lost communication with its tanker anchored in Cotonou. After a six-day search, the tanker and crew were found safely in Lagos after the tanker owner reportedly negotiated with the hijackers.

There is a high risk of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. In the first quarter of 2017, 63 percent of the 27 kidnap-for-ransom cases worldwide took place in the Gulf of Guinea.

Advice

Maritime travel through the Gulf of Guinea is advised against due to the threat of piracy.

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