, NAIROBI, Feb 25 – Somali pirates have hijacked a small cargo ship with a crew of nine Indians, an NGO monitoring maritime activity in the region said Thursday.
Ecoterra International said in a statement that the 40-metre ship, the Abdul Razak, was taken earlier this week before heading into the Gulf of Aden, on its way from Kandala, India, to Dubai.
"No information concerning the condition of the crew was immediately available," Ecoterra said.
"Reportedly a gang from Garacad, a notorious pirate den at the Indian Ocean coast of northeastern Somalia, is now commandeering M.S.V. Abdul Razak," the organisation said.
Somali pirates, targeting one of the world\’s busiest maritime trade routes, raked in an estimated 60 million dollars in ransoms last year. They still hold at least nine vessels and close to 200 seafarers.