Somali pirates hijacked 49 foreign ships in 2010: Govt

Forty nine ships carrying foreign flags were hijacked by Somali pirates from the international waters of the Indian Ocean in 2010, including 38 Indians, were on board, Parliament was informed on Thursday.

Updated: Mar 10, 2011, 19:11 PM IST

New Delhi: Forty nine ships carrying foreign
flags were hijacked by Somali pirates from the international
waters of the Indian Ocean in 2010, including 38 Indians, were
on board, Parliament was informed on Thursday.
Among these, four foreign-flagged ships - Iceberg-I, Rak
Afrikana, Suez and Asphalt Venture, had Indian crew members
onboard, Shipping Minister G K Vasan said in a written reply
in the Rajya Sabha.

He said all the Indians have been reported safe and the
ships` current reported position is Somali coast.
The government had said yesterday that 11 Indian sailors
on Rak Afrikana have been released following "delicate" and
"prolong" negotiations and were reported safe.

As per the government records, 53 Indians are still in
the captivity following yesterday`s release of Rak Afrikana
crew members.

PTI