ABIDJAN: A French tanker with 19 Togolese crew on board has been hijacked off Ivory Coast, port authority officials in the economic capital Abidjan said yesterday, amid concerns the area was becoming a new pirate hotspot.
‘The boat was hijacked in international waters,’ Alexis Guie, in charge of communication at the port, told.
The International Maritime Bureau said earlier that a French tanker disappeared at the weekend off the coast of the west African country, apparently in an act of piracy.
The French government said that 19 Togolese crewmen were aboard the Gascogne tanker ship, which was sailing under a Luxembourg flag.
Paris said it had yet to receive any demands from the pirates.