Somali pirates seize cargo ship with 24 aboard

AP News
Posted: Oct 30, 2010 10:07 AM
Somali pirates seize cargo ship with 24 aboard

The European Union's anti-piracy naval force says Somali pirates have seized a cargo vessel with 24 crew members aboard.

The owners of MV Polar confirmed early Saturday that pirates control the ship, the EU force said in a statement.

Pirates seized the Liberian-owned ship some 684 miles (1,100 kilometers) east of the Indian Ocean island of Socotra. It belongs to Yemen but is close to the tip of northeastern Somalia.

The ship has 24 crew members: one Romanian, three Greek nationals, four Montenegrins and 16 Filipinos.

Somali pirates usually seize ships using the Gulf of Aden, one of the world's busiest waterways. They earn multimillion dollar ransoms with little risk because Somalia has not had an effective government for 19 years.