Pirates kidnapped three Romanian sailors after attacking a tanker ship off the city of Lomé on Sunday, March 3. The incident reportedly occurred some 32 km (20 mi) off the Togolese coast. Additional incidents of piracy and kidnapping are possible in the Gulf of Guinea in the near-term.
Maritime travelers in the region are advised to remain vigilant for the approach of suspicious ships while aboard vessels, monitor developments to the regional security environment, and report all incidents to the nearest authorities. Pirates and other criminals are often armed; do not resist if confronted.
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