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Hungarian Kidnapped by Pirates in Nigeria Freed

On Saturday, Hungary’s counter terrorism force TEK announced that the Hungarian national who had been kidnapped by pirates off the coasts of Nigeria’s Port Harcourt last month has been freed. The man arrived in Budapest on Saturday.

TEK said it had been cooperating with international partners and the Hungarian foreign ministry over the past weeks to ensure a safe return of the six kidnapped sailors, including the Hungarian national, to their respective homelands.

As we have previously reported, pirates attacked a German container vessel owned by Hamburg-based shipping company Peter Doehle Schiffahrts KG near the coast of Nigeria on October 21. During the attack on the Demeter, pirates kidnapped six of the ship’s 18 crew members, including four Philippines, an Ukrainian and a Hungarian national.

The kidnapped crewmen were taken to Nigeria and held captive there. In the days following their capture, TEK head János Hajdu (pictured above) said that rescuing them would “realistically” take a month or two. As it is, the men were in captivity for a total of three weeks.

In a statement to the AFP, the Germany shipping company said that

Peter Doehle Schiffahrts-KG are pleased to report that the 6 crew members of her container vessel Demeter who were taken hostage on October 21 and have spent the past two and a half weeks in captivity, were released and are now safe…Peter Doehle Schiffahrts-KG wishes to thank all the relevant authorities for helping to secure the release of our much-valued seafarers.

In addition, the company’s spokesman added that all of the men “are in good condition and have returned to their families.”

Over the past several years, kidnappings have become increasingly common in Nigeria; just this month, Angolan authorities arrested three Nigerians accused of kidnapping a Chinese bricklayer, while a British missionary died following his kidnapping in the country’s Delta region.

Via MTI, Hungary Matters, dw.com, rappler.com, vanguardngr.com, and telegraph.co.uk

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