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Somali pirates hijack German cargo ship
Sun, 10 Apr 2011 01:11:24 GMT
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The German-owned cargo ship MV Susan K
Somali pirates have hijacked a German-owned bulk carrier with a crew of ten sailors onboard off the coast of Oman in the Indian Ocean.

The Antigua and Barbuda-flagged MV Susan K was on its way to Port Sudan from Mumbai in India on Friday morning when pirates seized it approximately 200 nautical miles northeast of the Omani coastal city of Salalah, a Press TV correspondent reported.

The vessel has a crew of four Ukrainian and six Filipino nationals.

Rampant piracy off the Indian Ocean coast of Somalia has made these waters among the most dangerous in the world.

The Gulf of Aden, which links the Indian Ocean with the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea, is the quickest route for more than 20,000 vessels traveling annually between Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

However, attacks by heavily armed Somali pirates on speedboats have prompted some of the world's largest shipping firms to switch routes from the Suez Canal and reroute cargo vessels around southern Africa, leading to climbing shipping costs.

Strategically located in the Horn of Africa, Somalia has been embroiled in a bitter civil war for two decades. The country does not have a functioning government and the authority of the so-called Transitional Federal Government is limited mostly to the area around Mogadishu.

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