Sailors kidnapped in armed attack on Greek tanker near Cameroon

Pirates kidnapped 19 people on a Greek oil tanker in early December.

An armed group kidnapped eight sailors aboard a Greek tanker anchored off the coast of Cameroon, Greek officials and the owner of the tanker said.

The tanker “Happy Lady” had been anchored off the port of Limbé in the Gulf of Guinea.

Greek authorities said an armed group boarded the tanker and ordered eight members including the 45-year-old captain to leave.

One of the 28 member crew was shot by a bullet, the shipowner confirmed to AFP, and was transferred to a hospital.

Talking to journalists The Minister of Shipping and Island Policy Ioannis Plakiotakis is following the matter closely with the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the tanker management company,” the ministry said in a statement.

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