An oil tanker traveling through the Gulf of Guinea was attacked by pirates approximately 18 km (11 mi) from the port of Lomé on Monday, November 4. The pirates abducted four foreign crew members and shot one guard before fleeing the area. According to Togolese military officials, the incident occurred at around 03:00 (local time). An investigation into the attack is ongoing.
Additional incidents of piracy and kidnapping are possible in the Gulf of Guinea in the near-term.
There is a high risk of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. According to a report released in July by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), 92 percent of hostage-takings too place in the Gulf of Guinea between January and June 2019.
Maritime travel through the Gulf of Guinea is advised against due to the threat of piracy.
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