Pirates hijack Jordanian ship off Somali coast

Somali pirates hijacked a Jordanian ship Saturday in the latest in a string of attacks off the lawless Somali coast, the head of a seafarer's association said. Andrew Mwangura of the East Africa Seafarers Assistance Program said the attack occurred early Saturday morning. He could not say how many crew were aboard, but said Kenyans, Tanzanians and some Asians were among them. The pirates seized the ship not far from the Somali capital of Mogadishu and were taking it north, he said. Peter Smerdon, spokesman for the World Food Program, said the ship had been due to unload its commercial cargo of sugar in Somalia before returning to Kenya and picking up WFP supplies for Somalia.