2 Filipino seafarers kidnapped off Togo, DFA says

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 11 2019 09:30 PM

MANILA — Two Filipino sailors were kidnapped in the waters off West Africa, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed Monday, bringing the total number of abducted Filipino seafarers in the region to 11.

The two seafarers were kidnapped by suspected pirates "somewhere in Togo," according to a report sent by the Philippine Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria to the DFA.

"The Philippine Government is actively tracking the development of the case with the Embassy in Abuja continuing its coordination with relevant authorities to ensure the safety and security of the Filipino seafarers," the DFA said in a statement.

The DFA added that it is maintaining close contact with the seafarers' manning agency.

Last week, 9 Filipino seafarers were abducted by suspected pirates in the West African country of Benin.

The West African waters have become one of the most dangerous maritime regions in the world. - report from Jeffrey Hernaez, ABS-CBN News