Suspected Somali pirates seize Taiwanese fishing vessel

Suspected Somali pirates have seized a Taiwanese fishing vessel off the waters of Seychelles, a regional maritime body said.

Suspected Somali pirates seize Taiwanese fishing vessel

Suspected Somali pirates have seized a Taiwanese fishing vessel off the waters of Seychelles, the second incident off Somalia in two days, a regional maritime body said on Saturday.

Andrew Mwangura of the Kenya-based East African Seafarers' Assistance Programme said that Taiyuan 227 has a crew comprising Chinese, Mozambicans, Kenyan and Taiwanese.

"The Taiwanese fishing vessel with 26 crew is taken, said to be north of Seychelles," Mwangura told Reuters by phone.

Mwangura did not say when exactly the vessel was taken.

Focus Taiwan News Channel reported on its website, citing a Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement, that the vessel had lost contact with authorities on Thursday.

Focus Taiwan also reported that the vessel's owner had managed to make contact using a satellite phone and the pirates on board asked for a ransom.

The hijacking of ships near the coast of Somalia, where an Islamist insurgency and general anarchy have helped pirates to flourish, has cost the shipping industry tens of millions of dollars in ransoms for vessels and their crews.

On Friday, Somali pirates seized a Yemeni fishing boat off Yemen's coast, taking its crew of seven fishermen with them.

Reuters

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