Somali pirates hijack two more ships

Jan. 2, 2010 at 5:38 PM
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HOBYO, Somalia, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- The Somali pirates who captured a British-flagged ship with a Bulgarian captain had yet to make a ransom demand, Bulgarian officials said Saturday.

The M.V. Asian Glory, en route from Singapore to Jeddah with a load of cars, was commandeered about 650 miles from the Somali coast Friday, the Bulgarian news agency Novinite reported. Officials said they do not expect to hear from the pirates until they reach the pirate stronghold Hobyo in Somalia, probably Sunday or Monday.

EU Navfor, which escorts ships through the International Recommended Transit Corridor, said the Asian Glory was outside its area at the time of the seizure.

The Asian Glory was one of two ships seized Friday.

The M.V. Pramoni, a 20,000-ton Singaporean-flagged chemical tanker, was attacked by pirates as it was traveling eastbound to Kandla, India. EU Navfor said the ship has a crew of 24, including five Chinese, 17 Indonesian, one Nigerian and one Vietnamese.

Military officials said the ship's master reported on radio that the ship was hijacked and all crew members were well.

The Asian Glory had a mixed crew, including eight Bulgarians, 10 Ukrainians, five Indians and two Romanians.

The incident came only days after the Dec. 28 hijacking of the British- flagged chemical tanker M.V. St. James Park, owned by Philbox Ltd. That ship was taken in the Gulf of Aden while using the International Recognized Transit Corridor.

EU Navfor says the St. James Park has since arrived off Hobyo.

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