Somali pirates hijack US-operated ship, crew of 23

December 10, 2010 22:30

NAIROBI, Kenya — The European Union anti-piracy force on Friday said that pirates hijacked a US-operated ship with 23 crew members aboard.

The EU Naval Force said the MV Panama was attacked Friday just east of the Tanzania-Mozambique border, making it one of the most southerly attacks Somali pirates have pulled off.All 23 crew members were from Myanmar. The EU Naval Force had no information about their condition.

Somali pirates hold more than 500 crew members from more than 20 ships. An international flotilla of warships has not been able to prevent continued attacks.

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