Indian Commercial Ship Hijacked Off Somalia Coast


Bosasso: Pirates have hijacked a Indian commercial ship off the coast of Somalia and the vessel is heading toward the shore, a former government anti-piracy official told Reuters on Monday.

The ship was travelling to Al Mukala port in Yemen from Dubai.

“We understand Somali pirates hijacked a commercial Indian ship and (it is heading) towards Somalia shores,” Abdirizak Mohamed Dirir, a former director of the anti-piracy agency in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region, said.

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All the crew members on the ship belong to Mandavi in Mumbai. The captain of the ship informed the owner that a skiff had approached them seeking water.

The captain had informed the authorities in Dubai about the incident. The owners of the ship want to get in touch with the hijackers to try and figure out how the ship can be repatriated.

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