Greek freighter seized by pirates

May 12, 2010 12:00 am

, ATHENS, May 12 – A Greek-owned freighter was seized by pirates in the Gulf of Aden with a crew of at least 23 people on board, most of them Filipinos, the Greek coastguard said on Wednesday.

The Liberian-flagged freighter Elena P was sailing from Ukraine to China with a cargo of iron ore when the hijacking occurred, a Greek coastguard spokeswoman told AFP.

"We were informed by the Atalanta international naval force patrolling the region," she said. No other details on the circumstances of the hijacking were immediately available.

Somali pirates have raked in millions of dollars in ransom money through hijackings in the Gulf of Aden.

More than 400 seamen are currently being held hostage, the highest number since a surge in Somali piracy in 2007.


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