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20 Indians Kidnapped by Pirates off Western Coast of Africa

Twenty Indians on board a industrial vessel have been kidnapped via pirates from the excessive seas off the western coast of Africa on Sunday and the government has taken up the problem with Nigerian government, officials stated.

The incident comes 10 days after 18 Indians on board a Hong Kong-flagged vessel were kidnapped by way of pirates close to the Nigerian coast. “We are involved via the kidnapping of 20 Indian team members (as reported by means of the transport agency) from the vessel MT Duke in the high seas off the western coast of Africa on December 15,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said. He stated it turned into the 0.33 such incident inside the place this year, affecting Indian nationals.

“Our mission in Abuja has taken up the matter with the Nigerian government, as additionally with the government of the neighbouring countries,” Kumar said. “The protection of hostages is paramount and we retain to interact with Nigerian government and different stakeholders intently on the current incidents,” he stated.

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