Pirates Kidnap Four Crew From Greek Boat Off Togo: Togo Navy

LOME, Togo—Pirates attacked a Greek oil tanker off the coast of Togo on Nov. 4 and fled after taking four crew members as hostages, the West African nations navy and Greek authorities said, two days after a similar attack in the waters of neighboring Benin.

Of the missing crew members, two are Filipinos, one is Greek, and one is Georgian, the navy said in a statement. One security guard was also shot and wounded in the attack, it stated.

“Monday, 4th of November 2019, around 0300, the tanker boat Elka Aristotle … was attacked around 18 kilometers (11 miles) from the port of Lome by armed individuals,” according to the statement.

The vessels manager, European Product Carriers Ltd., confirmed the early morning attack, without providing further details. Greeces shipping ministry said it was “closely monitoring the issue.”

While piracy has decreased worldwide, West Africas Gulf of Guinea is a high-risk area for abductions and armed robbery, according to the International Maritime Bureau.

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