Somali pirates seize ship with 29 crew

2010-11-04 07:33

Brussels - Somali pirates on Wednesday hijacked a Comoran-flagged vessel as it headed to Tanzania from the Comoros with 29 sailors on board, the European Union anti-piracy mission said.

The 43-metre-long merchant vessel Aly Zoulfecar was en route between the Indian Ocean archipelago and Dar Es Salam when it was attacked, the EU NAFOR mission said in a statement.

"On the morning of 03 November 2010, the master of the MV Aly Zoulfecar reported that pirates were on board," the statement said.

The ship was carrying nine crew members and 20 passengers. Among those on board, 13 were from Tanzania, 12 from Comoros and four from Madagascar.

The UN reported on Tuesday that Somali pirates had increased the number of successful hijackings in 2010, become more violent and expanded their attack zone.

The pirates staged 37 successful hijackings of ships in the first 10 months of 2010, up from 33 in the same period of 2009, the UN report said.