Hijacked captain of the ship freed under the Portuguese flag frees Bulgaria

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SOFIA (Reuters) – The Bulgarian captain of a cargo ship under the Portuguese flag, who was kidnapped by pirates off the coast of Benin along with seven other seafarers last month, was released, the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday.

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

The ministry said it was in close coordination with the ship’s owners, but had given no further details. It is unclear whether the other seven seafarers have been released.

(Reporting by Tsvetelia Tsolova)

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