Nairobi: The European Union`s
anti-piracy force says Somali pirates have hijacked a cargo
ship carrying steel bars and wires off the coast of Somalia.
The force said in a statement that the MV Lugela sent a
distress call to its Greek operator today when pirates
attacked it about 900 nautical miles east of the Somali pirate
den of Eyl.
A short while later, the ship altered its course toward
The statement said today that there had been no contact
with the ship throughout the incident.
The 4,281-ton-ship, which transited through the Gulf of
Aden and had 12 Ukrainians onboard, was headed for the
Somalia`s lawlessness during the past 19 years has
allowed piracy to thrive off its Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden