NAIROBI, Kenya — Somali pirates hijacked a Singaporean-flagged ship early Monday with 19 Chinese sailors onboard and a poisonous chemical used in antifreeze, officials said.
The Golden Blessing was seized off the northern tip of Somalia inside the internationally recommended transit corridor in the Gulf of Aden that is patrolled by the anti-piracy naval coalition, said Lt. Col. Per Klingvall, a spokesman for the European Union's anti-piracy force.
All 19 crew are reported to be safe, he said. The ship was reported to be on its way from Saudi Arabia to India.