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Boat with 11 Indian sailors hijacked off Somalia coast

A small  boat with 11 Indian sailors has been hijacked off the Somalia coast, according to a private anti-piracy investigator.

This is the latest vessel targeted by the region’s resurgent pirates.

Graeme Gibbon Brooks of Dryad Maritime told The Associated Press  that the hijackers want a ransom for the crew.

Mr. Brooks said the vessel was being taken to the Eyl area of northern Somalia. It was initially was heading from Dubai to Bosaso, Somalia.

Lt Ian McConnaughey, a spokesman for the US Navy’s 5th Fleet in Bahrain, said sailors there are “aware of the reports and we are monitoring the situation.”

The 5th Fleet oversees regional anti-piracy efforts.

In March, Somali pirates hijacked the Comoros-flagged tanker Aris 13, marking the first such seizure of a large commercial vessel since 2012.

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