Kidnapped captain of Portugal-flagged ship freed-Bulgaria

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The Bulgarian captain of a Portuguese-flagged cargo ship who was kidnapped along with seven other sailors by pirates off the coast of Benin last month, has been freed, Bulgaria’s foreign ministry said on Monday.

The captain of the container ship Tommi Ritscher, which was attacked at the port of Cotonou in the Gulf of Guinea on 19 April, was already in an European country and would soon return to Bulgaria, the ministry said in a statement.



The ministry said it has been in close coordination with the ship’s owners but did not give other details. It’s unclear what whether the other seven sailors have been released.