Ship is hijacked in pirate attack

PIRATES in speedboats have hijacked a Greek bulk carrier with 19 crew members off eastern Somalia.

Four pirates in speedboats hijacked the ship, which was travelling to Europe.

Hours earlier, three pirates in a speedboat fired machine guns at an Iranian crude oil carrier in the same area. The tanker escaped after a 30-minute chase.

The hijacking pushes the number of attacks this year in Somali waters close to 60.

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