Suspected pirates have seized a Mozambican-flagged fishing vessel about 200 nautical miles (370 km) southwest of Comoros in the Indian Ocean, the European Union's anti-piracy taskforce said on Saturday.
The capture of the 140-tonne Vega 5 and its 14-strong crew of unknown nationalities is the second incident off the northern tip of Madagascar in a week.
"Since late December, Somali pirates have been focusing their activities around Tanzania, Comoros and Madagascar to avoid rougher seas further north," Andrew Mwangura, head of the East African Seafarers Assistance Programme, told Reuters.
A NATO counter-piracy website reported this week that the hijacked Taiwanese-owned fishing vessel FV Shiuh Fu No 1, seized on Dec. 25, was operating as a pirate "mothership" in the same area off Madagascar.
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