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Turkish ship falls into pirate hands off Somalia: TV

world Updated: Jul 08, 2009 15:29 IST
AFP
Pirates

Pirates on Wednesday seized a Turkish cargo ship with 23 people on board off the coast of Somalia, the Turkish all-news television station NTV reported.

The ship was seized at around 0530 GMT, it said, while the Anatolia news agency said the vessel -- identified as the Horizon 1 -- was sailing from Saudi Arabia to Jordan.

Pirate attacks on shipping off Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean have escalated since last year, with several Turkish vessels among those being targeted for ransom.

A Turkish frigate has been in the area since last year as part of an international naval force to crack down on pirates and Somali arms traffickers.