ROME - An Italian tanker carrying a cargo of diesel fuel has been seized by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa, the Italian Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.
The ship, the RBD Anema e Core with a crew of 23 on board, was taken in the early hours of Sunday when a number of assailants boarded. Two of the crew are Italians, the others Filipinos and Romanians.
The Foreign Ministry's crisis unit was in contact with Italian maritime officials and with the ship's operators in the southern city of Naples, a spokesman said.
Two Italian ships have been captured in recent months on the other side of the continent in the Indian Ocean, where pirate groups operating from the lawless Horn of Africa have been a scourge of international shipping for a number of years.