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Dreaded Somali pirates hijack Indian ship with 11 crew members onboard

By Gulam Rabbani

Mogadishu: The Indian Cargo ship named as 'AI Kaushar' is believed to has been hijacked on April 1 with 11 crew members on board. The ship was on its way from Dubai to AI Mukala port in Yemen.The crew onboard are said to be the residents of Mandavi in Mumbai.

Somali pirates hijack Indian ship

It is learnt that Somali armed pirates are responsible for hijack. The captain of the ship had informed the authorities in Dubai and to the ministry of the External Affairs as well.

The naval authorities has also been alerted about the incident and the action will be taken at the earliest to save the crew members.

[Also read: Pirates hijack ship with 23 Indian sailors aboard near Nigeria]

According to European Union Anti-Piracy operation in Somalia, on March 15, the pirates had demanded a ransom for the release of an oil tanker they have seized and the crew members being held hostage off the coast of Somalia.

An EU Force statement said that the ship's master has confirmed that the armed pirates were onboard the Comoros-flagged Aris Tanker 13. It is to be mention that, it is the first such hijacking of a large vessel since 2012.

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