Pirates kidnap 9 Georgian sailors from Panama-flagged tanker in Africa

Reportedly, four other Georgian sailors, who remained on the ship, face no threat now. Photo: RadioSvoboda.org/RFERL

Agenda.ge, 02 May 2020 - 15:04, Tbilisi,Georgia

Pirates have kidnapped nine Georgian sailors from a Panama-flagged tanker in the waters of the African country of Nigeria.

The Georgian Maritime Transport Agency said the pirates have kidnapped a total of ten sailors including Georgian citizens on April 30.

The agency is maintaining communication with the ship-owner company. Reportedly, four other Georgian sailors remain safe on their ship. 

The Georgian economy and foreign ministries, together with the agency, are working with the the ship-owner company to safely rescue the kidnapped Georgian sailors.