More Kidnappings in the Gulf of Guinea

There have been more seamen kidnapped by pirates this week.

The seamen; two Filipino, one Greek and one Georgian were taken off the Greek flagged vessel the Elka Aristotle off the coast of Togo, a West African nation on the Gulf of Guinea.

According to a report in the Manila Standard armed guards climbed aboard the Greek tanker and tried to fend off the pirates but one of the guards was wounded.

Last week, a similar abduction took place when pirates boarded the Norwegian-flagged M/V Bonita and abducted nine of its Filipino crew members.

Filipino seamen make up 20% of the world’s seafarers so are especially vulnerable to this type of crime.

Both the Philippine and Greek governments are closely monitoring developments.

Image: Greek City Times

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