Pirates seize ship off Yemen

November 22, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 22 –  Pirates have seized a Greek bulk carrier off Yemen, the latest in a spate of hijackings in recent weeks, a Kenyan maritime official told AFP on Sunday.

Andrew Mwangura of the Kenya-based East Africa Seafarers Assistance Programme said he had yet to determine the crew, destination and cargo of the Panama-flagged vessel, the Read Sea Spirit.

"It was hijacked off Yemen late Thursday but we heard of the reports yesterday," Mwangura said.

The latest seizure is one of the rare attacks in waters north of Somalia in the Gulf of Aden which have been patrolled by a flotilla of foreign navies since last year.

Pirate groups have since shifted their focus to the wider Indian Ocean, a huge area much more difficult to patrol, and now venture as far as the Seychelles and beyond.


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