Hijacked oil tanker with 22 Indian sailors on board released
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 06-Feb-2018

New Delhi, February 6: The oil tanker, which went missing with 22 crew members on board, finally has been released by pirates after long four days. The crew members who fell victim to the hijacking, are all safe . Marine Express, owned by Mumbai-based Anglo-Eastern shipping company went missing off the coast of Benin, an African country, in the Gulf of Guinea.

"We are delighted to report that the MT Marine Express, which was hijacked by pirates on Feb 1, is now back under the command of the captain & crew since ~04:00 SG time today. All crew members are reported to be safe & well & the cargo intact. We thank you all for your well wishes," Anglo-Eastern tweeted.

Since the first day, India was in touch with Nigeria. Announcing the release, External affairs Ministry Sushma Swaraj thanked the governments of Nigeria and Benin for helping throughout the crisis.

It was already being suspected that the vessel may have been hijacked by pirates as it was carrying gasoline worth nearly 8 million U.S. dollars when it lost contact some three days back. The region is already prone to pirate attacks. Recently, another ship went off missing from the area, later was confirmed as hijacked.