Somali pirates seize Greek-owned ship, release another

Somali pirates hijacked a Greek-owned bulk carrier about 500 miles south west of Oman and released another Greek-owned vessel held since July.

Somali pirates seize Greek-owned ship, release another

Somali pirates hijacked a Greek-owned bulk carrier about 500 miles south west of Oman and released another Greek-owned vessel held since July, the European Union's anti-piracy taskforce said on Monday.

"MV Eagle was attacked and pirated by a single skiff with pirates firing small arms and a rocket propelled grenade before boarding the vessel," EU Navfor said on its website.

The 52,163 tonne merchant vessel and its crew of 24 Filipinos was en route to India from Jordan when it was seized in the early hours of Monday, the naval force said.

EU Navfor reported pirates released the Marshall Islands flagged MV Motivator and its crew of 18 Filipinos on Sunday and said the Greek owners of the 13,065 tonne tanker believed the crew were well.

A pirate who identified himself as Farah told Reuters by telephone that a ransom had been paid for the MV Motivator. It was not immediately possible to verify the report.


Reuters

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