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Message of hijacked ship’s chief officer

'They will kill us one by one, if ransom is not paid'

Update : 13 Mar 2024, 11:57

Atiq Ullah Khan, the chief officer of the Bangladeshi flag carrier ship, MV Abdullah, which has been held hostage by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean, managed to send a voice recording to his wife before their phones were seized by the pirates. 

He sent this message to his wife after Maghrib prayers Tuesday. It said ''Convey this message to everyone. They are taking away our mobile phones from us. They are saying if they don't get ransom, we will be killed one by one. They said that the sooner they pay, the sooner they will let us go. Spread this message everywhere." 

In another audio message to the owner of the vessel, Kabir Group, Md Atiq Khan said, "50 pirates have taken station above the ship. They haven't harmed us yet, but are trying to scare us in various ways.

"We have food supplies for 20-25 days, along with 200 tonnes of fresh water and 55,000 tonnes of coal. To ensure our logistics last, everyone has been instructed not to use them unnecessarily."

The crew on the ship could not be contacted after 6pm yesterday.

The MV Abdullah was sailing from Mozambique’s capital Maputo to the United Arab Emirates with a cargo of 55,000 tonnes of coal when it was attacked on Tuesday, according to Kabir Steel Re-Rolling Mills, which owns the vessel.

Maritime security firm Ambrey confirmed that a group of armed people had taken control of the ship.

The incident happened in the Indian Ocean about 600 nautical miles (1,111km) east of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, said Ambrey.

The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) advised caution to other vessels in the area and said that it was investigating the incident.

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