Somali pirates seize Mozambican fishing boat

13:36, January 02, 2011      

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Somali pirates seized a Mozambican fishing boat with 14 crew members on board in a sign of intensified attacks in the Indian Ocean in the past week, the East African Seafarers Assistance Program reported on Saturday.

The Mozambican-flagged Vega 5 was spotted 200 nautical miles southwest of Comoros and near Mozambique.

The piracy was the second reported this week, after the FV Shiuh Fu No 1, a Taiwanese-owned fishing vessel, was captured on Dec. 25 near the northern coast of Madagascar.

Somali pirates have been active off Tanzania, Comoros and Madagascar since late December, the East African maritime agency warned.

Source: Xinhua
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