Italian ship attacked by pirates off Somalia

By REUTERS
October 10, 2011 20:06

ROME - An Italian ship came under attack by five pirates off the coast of Somalia on Monday, its owner said, and one pirate said the vessel was under their control.

The company, D'Alesio Group, said it had lost contact with the Montecristo after the attack at 6:45 am Italian time (0445 GMT) by five armed men about 620 miles off the Somali coast.

"The last we heard from the ship's command, the vessel had been attacked by a boat with five armed men on board," the company said in a statement.

A source close to the shipping company said the attack was believed to be by pirates but that the firm could not confirm the vessel had been seized.


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