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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Oman: Somali pirates hijack ship with 21 Indians!

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CNN-IBN / Updated Aug 21, 2011 at 07:21pm IST.

New Delhi: Somali pirates hijacked a chemical-oil tanker with 21 Indian sailors on board on Saturday from near an Omani port, although the exact location was unconfirmed.

India's Directorate General of Shipping said the MV Fairchem Bogey, an chemical-oil tanker managed by Mumbai-based Anglo-Eastern Ship Management, was hijacked while anchored in Salalah port.

Oman lies at the mouth of the Gulf, a strategic, heavily patrolled waterway which channels a bulk of the world's crude shipments.

Somali pirates behind similar vessel hijackings usually operate in Indian Ocean waters, but in January, a 20,586-tonne Algerian-flagged bulk carrier was seized about 150 miles southeast of Salalah.

With Additional Inputs From Agencies.


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