Pirates seize cargo ship off Somalia`s coast

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.

Last Updated: Sep 25, 2010, 20:59 PM IST

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
Somalia.

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
Mauritius.

Somalia`s lawlessness during the past 19 years has
allowed piracy to thrive off its Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden
coastlines.

PTI