14 April 2009

Somali pirates step up hijacking spree

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Hours later a NATO spokeswoman said a second freighter, flying a Togolese flag, had been seized by pirates off the Horn of Africa, the 10th hijacking in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean since the start of the month.

"I can confirm that a second cargo ship, the Sea Horse has been seized," said spokeswoman Shona Lowe from NATO's Northwood maritime command centre in England.

She could not provide details on the numbers or nationalities that had been aboard the ship nor how many remained in danger.

The pirates attacked the vessel "on three or four skiffs," she said.

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