OSLO (Bernama): Nine Filipino crew members were kidnapped from a cargo ship owned by Norwegian shipping company J.J. Ugland, Xinhua news agency reported, according to Norwegian media on Sunday (Nov 3).
The nine people were taken off the bulk vessel while it was waiting to be unloaded off coast in Benin, according to a statement released by Ugland.
While the company did not mention the nationalities of the hostages, Norwegian online newspaper E24 quoted a source of Norwegian Shipowners' Association as saying that they were all Filipinos.
Norway’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said no Norwegian citizens were involved.
The matter was being handled by the shipping company, the ministry's communication adviser Guri Solberg told the NTB news agency.
The company said its own crisis team was handling the situation and had contacts with relevant authorities. It had also notified the families of the crewmembers.
No information was available about any claim for ransoms. There have been several similar incidents in the area in recent years. – Bernama