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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Somali Pirates: Tanker repels pirate attack

Tanker repels pirate attack:
Greek authorities say the crew of a Greek tanker carrying oil to China have successfully fought off a pirate attack in the Arabian Sea.

A coast guard statement says the Greek-flagged Sikinos, with a crew of 24, came under automatic gunfire from pirates 800km south-east of Oman on Tuesday. It says the crew fired flares and used high-pressure hoses to repel the attack.

The coast guard said the 16 Filipino and eight Greek seamen on board were unhurt, and the vessel was continuing its course for China.

The Sikinos had set off from Sudan, with a shipment of oil.

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