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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Somali Pirates: Greek Ship Captured by Pirates in Gulf of Aden

Reported in Pirates seize vessel off Somalia:
Pirates in the Gulf of Aden have seized a Greek-owned cargo ship.
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.
Ship photo from Photo credited to E. Vroom.

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