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Pirates kill 1, kidnap 15 crew of Turkish ship off W. Africa

Added 01-24-21 01:03:01am EST - “Pirates attacked a Turkish cargo ship off the West African coast, kidnapping 15 sailors and killing one, officials said Sunday.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Pirates kill 1, kidnap 15 crew of Turkish ship off W. Africa”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Pirates attacked a Turkish cargo ship off the West African coast, kidnapping 15 sailors and killing one, officials said Sunday.

Turkey’s Maritime Directorate said the crew initially locked themselves in a safe area but the pirates forced entry after six hours. During the struggle, one crew member aboard the M/V Mozart died.

Turkish media identified the victim as engineer Farman Ismayilov of Azerbaijan, the only non-Turkish crew member.

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After taking most of the crew on Saturday, the pirates left the ship in the Gulf of Guinea with three sailors aboard, state-run Anadolu news agency said. The vessel is currently heading to Gabon’s Port-Gentil.

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