Nairobi: The European Union`s anti-piracy
force says Somali pirates have hijacked a cargo ship in the
Gulf of Aden.
A statement from the EU naval force says the owner of the
QSM Dubai reported his vessel was hijacked early today. One of
the navies patrolling the Gulf of Aden sent an aircraft to
investigate and it confirmed the ship had been hijacked, the
The ship has 24 crew members who are Egyptian, Pakistani,
Bangladeshi and Ghanaian. The vessel, which is flying a
Panamanian flag, sailed from Brazil.
Somali pirates are currently holding at least 20 vessels.
The Horn of Africa nation`s 19 years of lawlessness has
allowed piracy to flourish, with pirates earning multi-million