MANILA, April 5 (Xinhua) -- Nineteen Filipino seafarers enroute to the United States were seized by Somali pirates on Sunday, the Philippine Foreign Affairs Department said on Monday.
According to a statement issued by the department on Monday, the Philippine Embassy in Nairobi reported that 19 Filipino crewmembers were on board the Marshall Island-flagged, South Korean-owned M/V Samho Dream when the vessel was hijacked by Somali pirates, northeast of Somali Basin on Sunday.
The ship was enroute to the port of Louisiana from Iraq when it was captured by the pirates.
Philippine diplomats are coordinating with the vessel's principal, the local manning agency and the Philippine Embassies in Nairobi and Seoul for the early resolution of the case.
There are now 24 Filipino seafarers on board four vessels held captive by Somali pirates.