Pirates hijack ship near Madagascar

2010-12-30 22:06

Brussels - Pirates seized a fishing boat with a crew of 26 Taiwanese, Chinese and Vietnamese nationals off Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, the European Union naval forces said on Thursday.

The Taiwanese vessel reported coming under attack on the morning of Christmas Day, December 25, some 120 nautical miles off the north-eastern tip of the island, the EU-Navfor anti-piracy mission said, adding that no contact has been possible since then.

"Strong indications are that FV Shiuh Fu No 1 has been pirated," it added in a statement. "The conditions of the crew or the vessel are not known."

The EU said there are now 26 vessels and 613 hostages being held by pirates.

The latest attack, following two further Christmas attacks even further south off central Mozambique in east Africa, underlines the extent to which international anti-piracy efforts, with China also co-operating with EU forces, have forced pirates to move further away from Somalia.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    madagascar  |  somalia  |  east africa  |  pirates  |  southern africa

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

6 reasons Boks won’t botch it
Fiji far too strong for Uruguay
Burger hopes for elusive World Cup win
As it happened: Fiji 47-15 Uruguay
Traffic Alerts

Are you burning the candle at both ends? Listen to your body and your emotional reactions. Know when to slow down or stop. It is a...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.