Carrier believed to be hijacked by Somali pirates

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The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) received word on Saturday that a cargo carrier is believed to have been seized by Somali pirates.

The UKMTO, which is in charge of the logistics surrounding the dangerous Gulf of Aden region, was notified and posted an alert on its website that a ship was on the brink of capture.

“Vessels transiting the area are advised to exercise extreme caution.”

In the span of days, the ship becomes the second vessel to be hijacked, following an attack on an Indian dhow headed to Dubai.

In the recent string of events, Somali pirates also took hold of an oil tanker last month, though their capture of the carrier was short-lived. The tanker was reclaimed after a standoff with authorities.

Given years of relative maritime peace in the region, carriers have been less weary of traveling through the notorious Gulf of Aden.

H/T: Reuters

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