Pirates in the Gulf of Aden have seized a Greek-owned cargo ship.Ship photo from Shipspotting.com. Photo credited to E. Vroom.
The pirates had ordered the captain to warn the British warship, the HMS Northumberland, to stay away.
The British vessel is part of an EU task force patrolling the waters off the unstable Horn of Africa to deter pirate attacks.
The warship was around 100km (60 miles) from the Saldanha, reportedly sailing under a Maltese flag, when the cargo ship was hijacked.
The Greek merchant marine ministry confirmed the Saldanha was seized, adding that the ship was manned by a 22-strong crew, Reuters news agency reported.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
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