Pakistani cargo vessel hijacked by Somali pirates

MOGADISHU: MV Salama 1, a Pakistani cargo vessel has been hijacked by Somali pirates off the coast of Central Somalia a day after they had seized an Indian commercial vessel Al-Kausar, the ministry of interior affairs of Somalia said on Wednesday. The MV Salama 1 hijacking was the fourth piracy attack in three weeks. The number of crew on the ship remains unknown. All of the recent attacks, including a hijacked oil tanker last month, are believed to have been carried out by buccaneers from central Somalia or Puntland, a semiautonomous region in northeastern Somalia, the ministry stated. Pakistan has not yet released an official statement in this regard. On April 4, pirates had hijacked an Indian commercial vessel off the coast of Somalia, the second attack in weeks after years without such seizures. It named the vessel as Al-Kausar and said it had been en route from Dubai to the port of Bosasso in northern Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region.

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