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Pirates Kidnap Container Ship Crew, Including One Hungarian, Off the Coast of Nigeria

By Robert Velkey // 2017.10.26.

Local authorities in Nigeria and German authorities have confirmed that a Hungarian national was among the six crew members kidnapped by pirates from a German container vessel near the shores of Nigeria, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Wednesday.

Szijjártó told a press conference held on a different subject that there was no information concerning any ransom demands and he declined to respond to a question about the possibility of the Hungarian government paying ransom money. He said the foreign ministry was using all consular and diplomatic means to seek a solution, in cooperation with Hungary’s TEK counter-terrorism agency. TEK said a crisis unit has been set up and links have been established with international partner organisations.

Reuters reported on Tuesday that six people had been kidnapped from the German container. Shipping company Peter Doehle Schiffahrts KG said the ship had been attacked on Saturday.

According to wire service Reuters, the kidnapped persons were from the Philippines, Ukraine and Hungary. The shipping company said the boat and the remaining 12 crew members had left the Nigerian coastline.


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