MOGADISHU, July 18 Somali pirates have seized a
United Arab Emirates owned and flagged oil tanker with a crew of
16 people, the European Union's naval force for Somalia said on
The 4831 dwt, MV Jubba XX was captured on Sunday morning in
the northern Indian Ocean while loaded with oil, on a regular
route from UAE to the Somali port of Berbera.
"Little information is available at present but it is
reported that nine suspected Somali pirates are on board," the
EU force said in a statement.
It added that the ship was carrying crew made up of a Sri
Lankan, three Bangladeshis, five Indians, four Somalis, a
Kenyan, a Sudanese and one crew member from Myanmar.
One fuel trader in Mogadishu said that vessels carrying
commodities to the conflict-torn horn-of-Africa nation, were
increasingly being targeted by pirates.
"We are very concerned the increasing piracy attacks against
our ships," Ahmed Shire, the fuel trader told Reuters by phone.
(Reporting by Mohamed Ahmed; Writing Duncan Miriri)
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