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15 Turkish sailors kidnapped off Nigerian coast regain freedom

Fifteen Turkish sailors kidnapped by pirates last month in the Gulf of Guinea have been freed, Turkish state broadcaster TRT Haber reported on Friday, some two weeks after the kidnappers made contact with the shipping company to discuss a ransom.

One sailor, an Azerbaijani citizen, was killed in the raid which crew, family members and security sources described as a sophisticated and well-orchestrated attack. Those kidnapped were from Turkey.

The Liberian-flagged container ship, the Mozart, was headed to Cape Town from Lagos when it was attacked 160 km (100 miles) off Sao Tome Island, maritime reports showed.

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