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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Somali Pirates Seize German Ship

Somali Pirates Seize German Ship:
A report out of Kenya says Somali pirates have hijacked a German ship with 24 crew members on board.

Andrew Mwangura, of the Mombasa-based East African Seafarers' Assistance Program, says pirates seized the 20,000 ton container vessel Saturday in the Indian Ocean.

He says the hijacking occurred about 740 kilometers off the coast of Kismayo, between Kenya and the Seychelles.
UPDATE: More info:
Hijackers seized a German-owned ship in the pirate-infested waters between Somalia and Yemen on Saturday, a U.S. Navy spokesman said.

Pirates captured the Maltese-flagged MV Patriot in the Gulf of Aden about 150 nautical miles (280 kilometers) southeast of the Yemeni coastal city of Muqalla, said U.S. Navy 5th Fleet spokesman Lt. Nathan Christensen.

An official from the German Foreign Ministry could not immediately confirm the ship's capture.

UPDATE2: Revised map with circle giving general indication of are of capture.

Photo of M/V Patriot by Marcelo Lopes from and used in accord with its terms of use.

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