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Hijacked Indian sailors rescued off Ivory Coast

At least 10 Indian sailors were rescued from pirates in Ivory Coast.

india Updated: Feb 22, 2016 01:23 IST
“We have rescued 10 Indians with the help of (the) Nigerian Navy,” Swaraj tweeted. (HT File Photo)
“We have rescued 10 Indians with the help of (the) Nigerian Navy,” Swaraj tweeted. (HT File Photo)

At least 10 Indian sailors were 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,” 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 the 11th Indian and a Pakistani crew member from the pirates.”