A Yemeni freighter has become the 39th vessel seized by Somali pirates this year. Such hijackings have become a common occurrence off the coast of Somalia. Ship owners have called on the U.N. to police the affected waters.


Somali pirates have hijacked a Yemeni cargo ship, reported to be the 39th successful hijacking by pirates off the Horn of Africa this year.

Head of the East African Seafarers’ Association Andrew Mwangura said the MV Amani was taken in the Gulf of Aden.

News of its capture comes 10 days after the giant Saudi super-tanker, the Sirius Star, was hijacked with $100m of oil and 25 crew members.

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