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Saturday 20 January 2018


Commercial vessel reportedly hijacked off Somalia coast

Written by staff reporter

A commercial vessel, thought to be an oil freighter, has been hijacked by suspected Somalia-based pirates in the Indian Ocean. According to reports from Red24. the vessel, with eight crew members, has been taken to the Alula area of Puntland.

The incident is one of the first ship hijackings in the area after several months. The international naval response to insecurity off the coast of Somalia has been one of the reasons for a significant decline in acts of piracy from Somalia-based armed groups in recent years; however, the potential threat from the region remains elevated.

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