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Sri Lankan bound Korean ship hijacked

Jan 17, 2011 10:49:44 AM - itnnews.lk

Somali pirates have hijacked a Sri Lanka-bound South Korean cargo ship with 21 crew members on board.

Somali pirates attacked the 11,500-tonne freighter Samho Jewelry in the Indian Ocean. The ship was sailing from the United Arab Emirates to Sri Lanka. The Korea’s Yonhap news agency said the ship was reportedly carrying a chemical cargo. It had been seized in waters, approximately 350 nautical miles South East of the port of Muscat in Oman. A South Korean official said the location of the ship is known and the crew including eight South Koreans was all confirmed to be safe through communications between the Samho Shipping Company and the ship. The ship’s 21-member crew comprised Myanmarian, Korean and Indonesian nationals. There were no Sri Lankans in the crew.

There are now 29 vessels and 693 hostages being held by pirates off the coast of Somalia, according to European Union naval Force which monitors the pirates’ activity.