Five Greeks kidnapped in New Year's Eve pirate raid on tanker

Happy Lady tanker

Happy Lady tanker

Greece's Shipping Ministry reported on Tuesday the abduction of five Greek citizens, after an armed raid on the tanker they were employed on as crew.

According to the Ministry's announcement, the Greek-registered 'Happy Lady’ tanker was off Cameroon.

In addition to the Greek crew members, two Philippine and a Ukrainian citizen were kidnapped.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with our fellow citizens who have been abducted. I would like to assure them and their families that we are doing everything in our power to secure their release and safe return" said the Shipping Minister Ioannis Plakiotakis.