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11 Indian sailors on small boat hijacked off Somali coast

Hijackers want a ransom for the crew, says anti-piracy investigator

  • The Comoros-flagged tanker Aris 13 hijacked by Somali pirates in MarchImage Credit: File
  • Somali pirates were responsible for 217 of the global attacks, up nearly double from last year's 111.Image Credit: AP
  • Suspected Somali pirates are escorted by police to a court in Busan yesterday, hours after they were brought tImage Credit: AFP

Dubai: A private anti-piracy investigator says 11 Indian sailors on small boat have been hijacked off Somalia's coast, the latest vessel targeted by the region's resurgent pirates.

Graeme Gibbon Brooks of Dryad Maritime told The Associated Press on Monday that the hijackers want a ransom for the crew.

Brooks said the vessel was being taken to the Eyl area of northern Somalia. He said the vessel initially was heading from Dubai to Bosaso, Somalia.

Lt. Ian McConnaughey, a spokesman for the US Navy's 5th Fleet in Bahrain, said sailors there are "aware of the reports and we are monitoring the situation." The 5th Fleet oversees regional anti-piracy efforts.

In March, Somali pirates hijacked the Comoros-flagged tanker Aris 13, marking the first such seizure of a large commercial vessel since 2012.