Somali pirates 'seize Yemeni cargo ship with 16 crew'

Somali pirates have seized a Yemeni cargo vessel with a crew of 16 and are taking it out towards the Indian Ocean, a Yemeni Defence Ministry website said.

Somali pirates 'seize Yemeni cargo ship with 16 crew'

Somali pirates have seized a Yemeni cargo vessel with a crew of 16 and are taking it out towards the Indian Ocean, a Yemeni Defence Ministry website said on Monday.

The vessel, called Al Mahmoud 2, had left Yemen's southern port of Aden on Dec. 18, with 15 sailors and a captain on board -- all Yemenis, the impoverished Arab country's coastguard told the website.

On Dec. 14, a regional maritime group said pirates had seized an Indian dhow off the coast of Somalia in the third such incident in a week.

Heavily armed Somali pirates have made tens of millions of dollars in ransoms by hijacking ships in the Indian Ocean and strategic Gulf of Aden, which links Europe to Asia.

Reuters
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