The two Greek and one Pakistani hostages kidnapped on board the “Kalamos” tanker off the coasts of Nigeria on February 4 have finally been released by their captors and will soon be reunited with their loved ones, the ship-owning company announced earlier today.
“Two Greek nationals and one Pakistani seafarer are currently in a hospital in Nigeria being examined and treated as necessary. Following this examination and depending upon medical advice they will be flown home to be reunited with their families. Further support will be provided to the seafarers and their families when they return home and begin the recovery process from their traumatic experience,” said Aeolos Management in a statement.
It is reminded that Greek-owned tanker ship “Kalamos,” flying the Maltese flag, was attacked by pirates off the coasts of Nigeria and Cameroon. The pirates killed the Greek chief officer and abducted three crew members, two Greeks among them. The Maltese-flagged tanker was traveling from China to Nigeria with no load and 23 crew members, of which 10 Greeks. According to the Greek Shipping Ministry, there was an exchange of gunfire between the armed pirates and the ship’s crew members.
As Aeolos Management noted, it would not release further details about how the pirates operated and how the release of the three crew members was secured in order to avoid encouraging further similar attacks and hostage-taking in the future.