S. Korean navy pursuing hijacked tanker off Somalia

April 5, 2010 12:05

SEOUL, South Korea — A South Korean navy destroyer is pursuing an oil supertanker believed to have been hijacked by pirates in the Indian Ocean off Somalia, officials said, in the latest case of suspected piracy that has plagued international shipping.

The tanker was believed to be carrying more than $150 million worth of crude oil.

The warship had been in the Gulf of Aden on anti-piracy operations and was ordered to move toward the South Korean-operated tanker's expected location in Somali waters nearly 1,000 miles (1,500 kilometers) southeast, South Korea's Foreign Ministry said.

The South Korean destroyer will need a little over a day to catch up to the tanker, ministry spokesman Kim Young-sun said Monday. "We're doing this in cooperation with the ships of our allies," he added.

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