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Somali pirates seize Greek ship off East Africa

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - The European Union's anti-piracy force says Somali pirates have hijacked a Greek-owned ship with 26 crew members in the Indian Ocean.

The Liberian-flagged ship was headed to India when pirates seized it 250 nautical miles off the coast of Oman this morning. The EU Naval Force says the crew consists of 23 Filipinos, two Romanians and 1 Indian. They're reported to be safe.

At least 20 vessels are being held by Somali pirates.

Somalia's 19 years of lawlessness have allowed piracy to flourish. Pirates are earning multimillion dollar ransoms from successful hijackings.


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