Hijacked Indian vesssel with 16 on board freed
An Indian cargo vessel with 16 crew on board were released on Saturday evening after looting the hijacked ship by Somali pirates off Aden. All crew members on board were reported to be safe. The ship was travelling between Dubai and Mogadishu carrying rice, refined oil, wheat and general cargo.Updated: Mar 22, 2009 11:29 IST
An Indian cargo vessel with 16 crew on board were released on Saturday evening after it was hijacked by Somali pirates off Aden.
The ship was hijacked on March 21 at 10.30 hours, the Directorate General of Shipping said in a release.
The ship was travelling between Dubai and Mogadishu carrying rice, refined oil, wheat and general cargo. The coalition forces and the Indian navy vessel operating in the Gulf of Aden have been informed of the incident and have been asked to provide assistance.
The latest capturing comes a day after Somali pirates hijacked Greek cargo ship.
The hijacking comes just months after some Indians were freed on ransom.
Priracy off Aden has gone up to an unprecedented level during the last few years but despite wide international attention and patrolling, the menace have gone unabated.
First Published: Mar 22, 2009 08:30 IST