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Pirates hijack Sri Lanka-flagged freighter off Somali Coast


A freight ship has been hijacked off the coast of Somalia, reports say.

A number of suspected pirates boarded the Sri Lankan-flagged vessel off the country’s northern coast on Monday, residents and officials say.

A spokesperson for the European Union Naval Force, which runs anti-piracy operations in the area, said it was too early to confirm pirate involvement.

If confirmed, it would be the first hijacking of a commercial ship by Somali pirates since 2012.

The EU Naval Force told the BBC: “We became aware of this yesterday evening [Monday], and a light aircraft has been sent at first light today to investigate.”

-BBC-

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