Somali pirates seize Dutch ship

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Somali pirates have seized a Dutch cargo ship off the coast of Somalia in the latest of a long line of such attacks, says maritime official.

27 May 2008

NAIROBI / MOGADISHU - Somali pirates have seized a Dutch cargo ship off the coast of Somalia in the latest of a long line of such attacks, a maritime official said Tuesday.

"The ship, which has was sailing to Romania with a Russian and Filipino crew, was captured on Sunday," Andrew Mwangura, the head of the East Africa Seafarers' Assistance Programme, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.

The MV Amiya Scan, owned by The Netherlands' Reider Shipping, left the Kenyan port of Mombasa on 19 May.

Reider could not be reached for comment on whether contact had been established with the pirates.

Piracy is rife off the Somali coast, which is close to key shipping routes. More than 20 cases were reported last year, and at least 10 this year.

Pirates last week released a Jordanian-flagged ship carrying sugar to the Somali capital Mogadishu without a ransom being paid.

The most recent high-profile case was the capture of a luxury French yacht in April and the attempted ransoming of its crew members. French troops recovered the hostages and captured six of the pirates, although another six are believed to have escaped.

[dpa / Expatica]

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