Somali Pirates Capture German Ship

26 October 2010 (Last Updated October 26th, 2010 18:30)

Somali pirates have hijacked a German freight ship off the Kenyan coast, according to a spokesman for the German army. The vessel, which belongs to the Germany-based shipping company Beluga-Reederei, was captured 1,930km east of the Kenyan city of Mombasa on 24 October. Accor

Somali pirates have hijacked a German freight ship off the Kenyan coast, according to a spokesman for the German army.

The vessel, which belongs to the Germany-based shipping company Beluga-Reederei, was captured 1,930km east of the Kenyan city of Mombasa on 24 October.

According to Mombasa-based East African Seafarers’ Assistance Programme (SAP), the 12-member crew of the seized vessel includes one Russian, three Ukrainians and eight Filipinos.

The dry-cargo freighter was travelling from the UAE to South Africa before it was hijacked.

A day earlier, Somali pirates seized a liquefied-gas tanker nearly 170km off the Mombasa coast and took its 17 crew members, including a German captain, hostage.