Hussein Moulid - AHN News Africa CorrespondentNairobi, Kenya (AHN) - Somali pirates seized a Turkish ship Wednesday some 250 nautical miles east of the port of Mombasa.
“The MV Yasin C that has a crew of 25 on board are believed to be Turkish,” said Cmdr. John Harbour, a spokesman for the EU naval force operating off Somalia.
“Yasin C, with deadweight of 36,318 tonnes, left the IRTC almost one week ago and was heading to Mombasa. It is confirmed that Yasin C has been hijacked," Harbour said.
He added that the first reports of the attack on the ship came from the NATO Turkish warship Gelibolu that received distress calls from the vessel.
The Gulf of Aden along the northern coast of Somalia has the highest risk of piracy in the world. More than 25,000 ships use the channel south of Yemen, between the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea.
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