New Delhi: A UAE-based vessel carrying 16
members on board including five Indians were hijacked by
Somali pirates off an Island which forms part of Yemen.
Sources in the Ministry of Shipping today said they were
trying to ascertain the details of the Indians who were part
of the 16-member crew that has been hijacked by pirates on
Vessel MV Jubba of Juba General Trading was on its regular
route from the United Arab Emirates to the port of Berbera,
Somalia with the crew members including a Sri Lankan, three
Bangladeshis, a Sudanese, a Myanmarese, a Kenyan and four
According to preliminary information, the vessel was
located by a Maritime Patrol aircraft 100 nautical miles
north-west of Socotra Island, heading to the northern Somali
The sources said the hijacked vessel was a general cargo
freighter having a capacity of 2,100 tonne.
In a related move, Pakistan`s human rights activist and
former federal Minister Ansar Burney, whose office had also
received information about the hijacking of the vessel, said
at present little information was available, but it was
reported that nine suspected Somali pirates were on board.
Burney, whose trust has been on forefront of negotiation
with pirates, demanded with the United Nations and NATO to
take stern action against the terrorist Somali pirates to get
MV Iceberg, MV Jubba XX and over 40 other vessels released and
ensure safe and secure recovery of more than 700 innocent crew
members on board including those from India and Pakistan.