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Pirates kidnap 9 crew members of Norwegian vessel in West Africa waters

ANI | Updated: Nov 04, 2019 03:52 IST

Porto-Novo [Benin], Nov 04 (Sputnik/ANI): A Norwegian vessel belonging to the J. J. Ugland shipping company has been attacked by pirates, who kidnapped nine of its crew members, the company has announced.
"Our bulk vessel MV Bonita was boarded by pirates very early Saturday morning off Cotonou/Benin while she was at anchor. Nine crew members were taken off the vessel while she was waiting for berth to discharge inbound cargo, gypsum," J.J. Ugland said in a statement.
According to the release, the Ugland Emergency Response Team is handling the situation and relevant authorities have been notified.
"The families of the crewmembers have been contacted and will be kept informed by Ugland. In the interest of the wellbeing of the crewmembers Ugland will not make any further comments regarding the situation," the company said. (Sputnik/ANI)