NAIROBI, Kenya — The European Union Naval Force says Somalian pirates have hijacked a Panamanian-flagged cargo ship with 23 crew onboard.
A statement issued by the EU force says the crew onboard the 17,300-ton MV Suez are from Egypt, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India.
Monday’s hijacking occurred in the early hours of the morning and took only a few minutes. The MV Suez had called for help when it came under attack by gunfire but by the time a naval helicopter arrived the pirates were onboard.
The ship was travelling in the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor, a stretch of water patrolled by a naval coalition. It is carrying bags of cement.