Saturday, September 06, 2008

Cargo Ship Hijacked By Pirates Off Somalia

An Egyptian cargo ship with 25 crew members has been hijacked by pirates off Somalia’s coast, the 10th vessel to be seized in less than two months, a global maritime watchdog said Friday. Noel Choong, head of the International Maritime Bureau’s piracy reporting center in Kuala Lumpur, said the Egyptian ship was seized late Wednesday in the pirate-infested Gulf of Aden.The attack occurred on the same day that a French sailboat was seized in the area, he said. No other information was immediately available. The French ministry said it believed there were only two French nationals aboard the sailboat.

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