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19 Indians kidnapped by pirates off West Africa released, 1 dead

India's High Commission in Abuja, Nigeria tweeted that 19 of 20 Indian seafarers kidnapped by pirates on December 15, 2019 from MV Duke off the coast of West Africa were released on Saturday.

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Nineteen Indians, kidnapped by pirates from a commercial vessel from the high seas off the western coast of Africa last month, have been released while one died in their captivity, according to the Indian mission in Abuja.

Twenty Indian crew members were kidnapped from the vessel MT Duke on December 15.

The High Commission of India in Abuja on Sunday tweeted that 19 Indian nationals were released on Saturday while one died in the captivity of the pirates in “adverse conditions”.

India thanked the Nigerian authorities for their assistance in the release of the abducted Indians.

“Indian Govt and Mission gave highest priority and worked with @NigeriaGov on release of 20 Indian seafarers kidnapped on 15 Dec from MV Duke. 19 were released yesterday. One sadly died in captivity in adverse conditions. Our deepest condolences. Mission assiting in speedy return,” the Indian High Commission tweeted.

The Indian mission in Abuja had taken up the matter with the Nigerian authorities and also with the authorities of the neighbouring countries.

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