General cargo crew members kidnapped in 2nd attack off West Africa in the same day

Five crew members of a general cargo ship Kota Budi have been kidnapped by armed men off Cotonou, Benin, Dryad Global said citing a high confidence source.

The kidnapped crew are believed to all be Chinese nationals.

The cargo ship, built in 2013, is owned by Singapore’s Pacific International Lines, according to the data from VesselsValue.

PIL is yet to provide our publication with a comment on the reported attack.

The attack took place on Thursday, July 2, the same day when an armed group of pirates kidnapped seven crew members of FPSO Sendje Berge, offshore Nigeria.

“This is the 7th incident in the waters off Benin within 2020. This latest kidnapping brings the total number of kidnapped personnel in maritime incidents off West Africa in 2020 to 80. Incidents of kidnapping are currently tracking at 26% higher in 2020 than in 2019,” Dryad said.

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