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Kidnapped captain freed in Benin

Kidnapped captain freed in Benin

The Bulgarian captain of a Portuguese-flagged cargo ship hijacked last month by pirates off the coast of Benin along with seven other sailors has been released, Bulgaria's foreign ministry said on Monday.

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The container ship's captain Tommi Ritscher, who was assaulted on April 19 at Cotonou port in the Gulf of Guinea, was still in a European country and will soon be heading to Bulgaria, the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said it was in close coordination with the owners of the ship but did not give any further details.

It's unclear what if the other seven sailors got released.

Maritime Business World 

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