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Five South Korean Citizens Captured By Pirates Released In Nigeria

Five South Korean Citizens Captured By Pirates Released In Nigeria

Five South Korean citizens who were captured by pirates exactly a month ago in the Gulf of Guinea have been released, according to South African radio station SABC, citing South Korean authorities.

Five South Koreans kidnapped by pirates in Benin's territorial waters were released on July 24 in southern Nigeria, the South Korean Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Armed pirates boarded a Ghanaian-flagged fishing boat 111 kilometers South of the Beninese port of Cotonou on June 24. The attackers took six members of the crew, which consisted of 30 people, hostage, and took them away. One Ghanaian citizen and five South Korean citizens were abducted.

The Gulf of Guinea, which stretches from Senegal in Northern Africa to Angola in the South, has become the most dangerous region on the planet in terms of threats from sea robbers. In the first quarter of this year, 45% of global piracy cases were recorded there. The peculiarity of the actions of criminals in this Bay is the fact that they take crew members as hostages for further ransom. According to the International Maritime Bureau, in 2019, 90% of the abductions of seafarers from ships were in the Gulf of Guinea.