Greek Oil Tanker Attacked By Pirates in Togo; Four Crew Members Kidnapped



The Greek-owned vessel ”Elka Aristotle” docked in port. Photo by MarineTraffic.com

According to an official statement issued by the Navy of Togo, a Greek oil tanker was attacked by pirates off the shores of the west African nation in the early hours of Monday.

The criminals who went aboard the Greek ship kidnapped four crew members and then disappeared, taking their hostages with them.

The statement says that during the incident one of the guards of the Greek tanker was wounded during an exchange of fire.

Among the four hostages are two Philippino men, one Georgian and one Greek national.

”The tanker boat Elka Aristotle was attacked around 18 kilometers (11 miles) from the port of Lome by armed individuals,” the statement from the Togolese Navy noted.

A similar incident took place on Saturday when a Norwegian-flagged ship was attacked by pirates off the coast of the neighboring African nation of Benin.

Despite the fact that piracy is on the decline, this particular area off Western Africa is still among the most dangerous in the world in terms of armed attacks on ships.

There has been no official statement issued by Greek authorities on the incident as of press time.