Pirates have hijacked an Indian commercial vessel off the coast of Somalia, the second attack in weeks after years without such seizures, industry and security sources said overnight.
United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations, which co-ordinates shipping in the Gulf of Aden area, said it had received information a dhow had been hijacked “in the vicinity of Socotra (Island)”.
It named the vessel as Al Kausar and said it had been on the way from Dubai to the port of Bosasso in northern Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region.
Pirates hijacked an oil tanker last month, the first such seizure of a vessel since 2012, but released it after a clash with the marine force in Puntland. Reuters