Pirates seize a Greek-owned oil tanker off Togo coast

Pirates seize a Greek-owned oil tanker off Togo coast

PanARMENIAN.Net - Pirates have seized a Greek-owned oil tanker and its 24 crew off the coast of Togo, a maritime group reports, according to BBC News.

The attackers exchanged fire with a Togolese patrol boat but escaped on the tanker, the International Maritime Bureau says.

Piracy is said to be increasing in West Africa, with six ships seized in 2012. Ships are usually held for several days and the cargo transferred to a waiting tanker, before the crew of the original ship is freed.

This is a different method to that used by Somali pirates, who demand a ransom for the ships they capture and often keep both vessels and crew for many months until they are paid.

 Top stories
A Syrian source said Aleppo was excluded from truces “because there are terrorists there who haven’t stopped hitting the city.”
Fighting around Aleppo has become the biggest threat to the fragile cessation of hostilities that went into force on Feb. 27.
The Armenian Defense Ministry is providing the CSTO leadership with full information about the clashes along the line of contact.
The White House has been increasingly outspoken in recent months about threats to free speech and democracy in Turkey.
Partner news