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World Pirates kidnap nine crew members from cargo ship off coast of Benin Pirates kidnap nine crew members from Norwegian ship off the coast of Benin

02:55  04 november  2019
02:55  04 november  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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Nine sailors on a vessel owned by the Norwegian shipping firm J.J. Ugland have been kidnapped by pirates while anchored off the coast of Benin . The ship , named Bonita, was boarded by pirates 9 miles (14.5 kilometers) from the port city of Cotonou on Saturday and eight crew members and the

OSLO (Reuters) - A vessel owned by Norwegian shipping firm J.J. Ugland was boarded by pirates while at anchor off the coast of Benin on Saturday, and nine crew members were The remaining crew of the Norwegian -flagged MV Bonita notified local authorities, and the vessel docked at the port

a large ship in the water: Pirates boarded the MV Bonita at the Cotonou port in Benin, shipping company J.J. Ugland said.© The J.J. Ugland Companies Pirates boarded the MV Bonita at the Cotonou port in Benin, shipping company J.J. Ugland said.

Pirates boarded a shipping vessel and kidnapped nine crew members off the coast of Benin in West Africa early Saturday morning, according to J.J. Ugland, the Norwegian shipping company which owns the vessel.

The ship, named the MV Bonita, was anchored and awaiting berth at the Cotonou port to discharge a shipment of gypsum when the pirates boarded, J.J. Ugland said in a statement Sunday.

The remaining crew members contacted local authorities. The MV Bonita docked at the port later that day.

An emergency response team from J.J. Ugland is working with authorities on the case.

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A vessel owned by Norwegian shipping firm J.J. Ugland was boarded by pirates while at anchor off the coast of Benin on Saturday, and nine crew members were kidnapped , the company said on Sunday. The remaining crew of the Norwegian -flagged MV Bonita notified local authorities, and the

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