10 Indian sailors hijacked off Ivory Coast rescued

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) At least 10 Indian sailors have been rescued from pirates in Ivory Coast, a week after their ship was hijacked off the west African nation, but one more Indian and a Pakistani crew member remain captive, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Sunday.

“We have rescued 10 Indians with the help of (the) Nigerian Navy,” Sushma Swaraj tweeted.

She said the Indian bulk carrier, Genco Maximus, was hijacked with 11 Indian crew members by pirates off the Ivory Coast on February 13.

“On our request the ship was followed by Ghana and Nigerian Navy,” the minister said, adding efforts were on “to rescue 11th Indian and a Pakistani crew member from the pirates.”

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