Somali pirates seize cargo ship with 22 crew
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 17:48
Nairobi: The European Union Naval Force says Somali pirates have seized a cargo ship in the Indian Ocean with 22 crew members on board.

Naval spokesman Cmdr John Harbour says that there are three Greeks and 19 Filipinos among the crew of the Greek-owned Filitsa. The ship, which was seized on Wednesday, is registered in the Marshall Islands.

Pirates have increased their attacks since the end of the monsoon season last month. They are now holding at least 12 ships and more than 200 hostages.

Pirates can often command multimillion-dollar ransoms for the release of the vessels they capture, a fortune in impoverished Somalia. The failed state has not had a functioning government for a generation.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 17:48

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