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Somali pirates hijack cargo vessel near India

The European Union's anti-piracy force says pirates have captured a vessel about 1,000 miles (1,610 kilometers) east of Somalia.

world Updated: Dec 12, 2010 21:57 IST

The European Union's anti-piracy force says pirates have captured a vessel about 1,000 miles (1,610 kilometers) east of Somalia.

The EU Naval Force said on Sunday that the attack happened only 550 miles (885 kilometers) from the coast of India. Pirates launched the Saturday attack from two skiffs that were supported by a mother ship.

The pirates fired small arms and rocket-propelled grenades at the vessel. The MV Renuar is a Panama-flagged, Liberian-owned cargo vessel. The EU Naval Force says the condition of the 24 Filipino crew is not known. Somalia has not had an effective government for 19 years, allowing piracy to flourish off its coast.