Greek-flagged oil tanker hijacked off Oman: CMF

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A Greek-flagged, British-owned oil tanker headed for the United States was hijacked off the coast of Oman on Wednesday, the Bahrain-based Combined Maritime Forces said.

"We can confirm that the Irene SL has been pirated off the coast of Oman," a spokeswoman for the international naval force told AFP by telephone.

"It is an oil tanker," she said, adding that "it was bound for the United States."

The ship, which has 25 crew members, was confirmed hijacked at 0926 GMT, she said.

It is the second oil tanker hijacked in two days.

The European Union's Atalanta mission to the seas off Somalia and the Gulf of Aden (Eunavfor) said an Italian oil tanker was taken early on Tuesday 600 miles east of the island of Socotra by a single skiff with five pirates who opened fire on the oiler.

That ship had a crew of 22 -- five Italians and 17 Indians, EU forces said.

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