Somali pirates return, seize Iranian fishing vessel

 Pirates have seized an Iranian vessel fishing illegally off the coast of Somalia in the first successful hijacking in almost three years, officials said Thursday, raising fears that the scourge of Somali piracy may be returning.

Oil tanker hijacked off Nigeria, one dead: Greek Coastguard

Pirates have hijacked a crude oil tanker off the Nigerian coast, taking three hostages and killing the vessel's Greek deputy commander, the Greek coastguard said Thursday.

Over 400 kidnapped, 7 still in captivity of pirates: Govt

Fate of seven Indians kidnapped four years ago by pirates operating off Somalia and Nigerian coasts remains unknown and the past six years have seen the abduction of over 400 nationals, the government has said.

Pirates steal oil from Thai tanker hijacked off Malaysia

Armed pirates commandeered a Thai tanker off Malaysia's east coast and pumped out its cargo of oil, a maritime watchdog said Friday, adding to a series of hijackings that has raised fears of a growing Southeast Asian piracy menace.

Southeast Asian pirates on the prowl once again

A spate of daring high-seas attacks off Southeast Asia is stoking fears that its vital shipping lanes could once again become a hotspot for piracy unless regional powers act fast.

Thai oil tanker recovered, cargo taken by hijackers: Authorities

A Thai oil tanker reported missing two days ago has been recovered with all of its crew members safe but pirates who hijacked the tanker took its cargo and damaged communications gear, the International Maritime Bureau said on Monday.

Indian fisherman killed by pirates near Bahrain

A 47-year-old Indian fisherman has been shot dead on board a vessel during an armed robbery by pirates near Bahrain`s sea border.

`Captain Phillips` star Barkhad Abdi broke?

Barkhad Abdi, who earned an Oscar nomination for his role in `Captain Phillips`, is reportedly finding it hard to make ends meet despite finding fame with the Tom Hanks starrer film.

French Navy rescues 11 Indian sailors from suspected pirates

French Navy has rescued eleven Indian sailors from suspected pirates at the mouth of the Gulf of Aden.

Family of detained Indian ship captain meets PM

James and two of his colleagues, on board MT Ocean Centurion, were detained by authorities in Togo July 31.

160 sea pirates languishing in Indian prisons: Navy

Some 160 sea pirates, arrested by the Indian Navy in the Gulf of Aden, were languishing in Indian prisons as the governments of their native countries were not ready to take them back, a senior naval officer said today.

Pirates kidnap two American sailors off Nigeria

Pirates have stormed an oil supply vessel off southern Nigeria and kidnapped two American crew members, Nigeria`s navy and US defence officials said on Thursday.

Australian naval force nabs 9 suspected pirates

A counter-piracy international naval task force says an Australian naval team in the Indian Ocean has captured nine suspected pirates sought after attacks on a supertanker and a fishing vessel last week.

Nigerian Navy kills six pirates, injures one

An official says Nigeria`s navy killed six pirates and injured one in an attack against the outlaws expanding their territory in the Gulf of Guinea.

Hijack was a traumatic experience; no ransom paid: Captain

After being in captivity of pirates for over a week, captain of oil tanker that was hijacked on July 15 near Gabon off West African coast said it was a traumatic experience, but no ransom was paid.

MV Cotton released by pirates; all 24 Indian sailors safe

Pirates, who took over the Turkish tanker MV Cotton, have left the vessel a week after it was hijacked off the coast of Gabon in Africa.

3 Indians, Russian kidnapped from ship in Nigeria

Three Indian crew members, including the captain, and a Russian engineer were kidnapped by armed pirates who boarded an offshore fuel supply vessel in Nigeria`s oil-rich delta region, officials said on Wednesday.

14 Indian sailors safe as EU, NATO ships thwart pirate attack

Fourteen Indian sailors on a hijacked cargo vessel have been safely rescued as Somali pirates on board the ship fled after counter piracy ships from the EU and NATO launched a mission in the Gulf of Aden following an SOS message.

German ship operator: Pirates kidnap 5 crew

Sunship Schiffahrtskontor KG says the captives, all Polish and Russian citizens, were seized Friday from the container ship City of Xiamen about 160 kms southwest of Bonnie Island, Nigeria.

Pirates kidnap five foreign sailors off Nigeria coast

Pirates stormed a cargo ship off Nigeria`s southern coast and kidnapped five foreign sailors, including three Sri Lankans, a military spokesman said on Monday.