Somali pirates hijack four more ships; fifth attempt fails - reports

April 14th, 2009 - 10:15 pm ICT by admin  

SOMALIA (BNO NEWS) — Somali pirates continued their attacks on Tuesday despite the recent successful rescues of a French and U.S. ship which ended in pirates being killed and hostages rescued.

NATO spokeswoman Shona Lowe told BNO News that the Greek-managed M.V. Irene. E.M. was seized in an overnight attack, a rare move for the pirates. Hours later, the Togo-flagged MV Sea Horse was also hijacked by pirates.

Meanwhile, the Associated Press reports that two Egyptian fishing boats in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia’s northern coast have also been hijacked. The incidents took place in the past few days but were unreported until now. The agency said 36 people were on board.

“It happened this morning, it has Lebanese owners and is flying under the Togo-flag. It was attacked by three to four skiffs and at present that’s all the information I have,” spokeswoman Lowe told BNO News about the hijacking of the MV Sea Horse. “I’m still trying to get details on the number of crew and their nationalities,” she added.

Meanwhile, the Liberian-flagged Safmarine Asia was also attacked by pirates but Lowe stressed it had not been hijacked. NATO officials told the Reuters news agency that 10 pirates on board three skiffs fired automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades at the ship. There were no casualties.

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