RABAT, March 5. /Offset. TASS Pervin Mamed-zade/. Russian sailors from the cargo ship BBC Caribbean that were kidnapped in the territorial waters of Nigeria in early February, left on Saturday evening Nigeria and went home. This korr. TASS reported today by the press attache of the Russian Embassy in Nigeria Artem Romanov.
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“We confirm that the seven Russian sailors abducted last month in Nigeria, released and the night before left the territory of Nigeria,” – said the Agency interlocutor. According to the diplomat, “the status of all Russian sailors at the time of departure was satisfactory. They left the territory of Nigeria, while in good health.”
Earlier, the Commissioner for human rights in Sevastopol Pavel Buzi told TASS that in the course of negotiations “was able to negotiate with the pirates ransom, but the ransom amount was not disclosed” . Relatives of the sailors had been notified about the successful release.
In the territorial waters of Nigeria on 5 February assault was made on the cargo ship BBC Caribbean, owned by the German company Briese Schiffahrts. The attack was captured seven Russian citizens and one citizen of Ukraine. The ship remained chief engineer, second mate and cadet, who managed to escape from the pirates and bring the ship in Las Palmas (Spain), and later they returned home to Russia.