9 Crew Members Kidnapped from Norwegian Ship MV Bonita off Benin

Ship Captain Was Among Those Abducted


Nine crew members were kidnapped from a ship off the coast of Benin, the local authorities said on Sunday.

The incident happened early Saturday morning, about nine miles from the Port of Cotonou.

Suspected pirates are reported to have boarded the Norwegian-flagged dry bulker MV Bonita, owned by Norwegian shipping firm JJ Ugland.

The shipping firm did not disclose the identities of the kidnapped crew, citing safety reasons. However, the Cotonou port authority confirmed that the ship’s captain was among those abducted.

The vessel was hauling gypsum destined for Benin.

There has been a rise in reported cases of abduction off the West African coast in the past few months.

According to a statement released by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea is a high-risk area for kidnappings and armed robbery.

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