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Suspected Somali pirates have hijacked a merchant ship with 27 crew off the sultanate of Oman, the head of a regional maritime group said on Saturday.
Andrew Mwangura of the Kenyan-based East African Seafarers Assistance Programme said the pirates had seized the Thai-flagged vessel early on Saturday.
"Reports reaching Mombasa ... indicate that early this morning pirates sized MV Thor Nexus some 350 nautical miles east of Salalah, Oman," Mwangura said in a statement.
"The ... bulk carrier and 27 all Thai crew members were taken by pirates while under way to Pakistan from the United Arab Emirates."
NATO report of captured ship:
December 25 2010WARNING Somali Basin / Indian OceanLatitude: 16°01N Longitude: 060°12E
Alert number 565 / 2010.***This vessel has been hijacked***
At 0140 UTC /25 DEC 10 / a merchant vessel was reported Hijacked by pirates in position 16°01 N 060°12 E.