January 21, 2011

Syrian Vessel Hijacked

Xinhua "Somali pirates have hijacked a Syrian-owned bulk carrier with 25 crew members in the north Arabian Sea, the European Union (EU) anti-piracy mission said Friday." by Fang Yang

'EU Naval Force spokesman Paddy O'Kennedy said the Togo-flagged MV Khaled Muhieddine, which has a deadweight of 24,022 tons, was seized late on Thursday at approximately 330 nautical miles southeast of the Omani coastal port of Salalah, with 22 Syrians and three Egyptians on board.

'"Authorities were made aware of the attack when the master reported being fired upon and seeing pirates on board. Then all contact with the vessel was lost," he said.

'The naval force spokesman said the registered vessel was on passage from Singapore to Al Hudaydah, in Yemen.'

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