Somali pirates hold Antigua and Barbuda-flagged ship

MOGADISHU, (Reuters) – Somali pirates seized an  Antigua and Barbuda-flagged ship in the Gulf of Aden while it  was heading towards the Suez Canal, maritime sources said today.
Andrew Mwangura, head of the Kenya-based East African  Seafarers Assistance Programme, told Reuters the 5,200 dead  weight tonne cargo vessel had about eight crew, but said so far  it was unclear who owned the vessel.
“The ship was taken on Monday, and has about eight crew,”  Mwangura said.
Pirates are making tens of millions of dollars in ransoms  from seizing merchant ships in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of  Aden, despite efforts by foreign navies to clamp down.

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