In one of their biggest strikes yet Somali pirates hijacked eight Indians boats carrying 120 Indian sailors off the Kismayo coast, media reports said on Tuesday. The sailors were sailing in 8-10 dhows. They were sailing from Somalia and were on their way to UAE. The abducted sailors hail from Saurashtra and Kutch region of Gujarat. No contact with the hijackers have been established till reports last came in neither have the pirates asked for any ransom.
Sources in the Indian Navy have confirmed the news of the hijack, media reports said and added that efforts are on in full swing to contact the pirates and get the Indians back safely.
Hijacking of ships have been rampant around the coast of Somalia. In the past an Indian ship, MT Agrasen, was attacked off the coast of Maharashtra. But the crew fought off the attack.