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* Pirates capture another ship with Sri Lankan crew
Wed, Mar 24, 2010, 10:24 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 24, Colombo: Pirates have hijacked another ship with a Sri Lankan crew yesterday in the Gulf of Eden, European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) announced.

The Bermuda flagged British Virgin Islands owned cargo ship MV TALCA was reportedly hijacked at a location approximately 120 nautical miles off the coast of Oman and 180 miles south of Mazera.

MV TALCA was heading from Sokhna in Egypt to Busheir in Iran and had already passed through the International Recommended Transit Corridor, which is patrolled by warships and maritime patrol aircraft from EU NAVFOR, NATO, Combined Maritime forces and other navies.

EU NAVFOR said 23 of the 25-member crew of the 11,000 ton ship were from Sri Lanka, one from the Philippines and one from Syria.

Somali pirates recently released three crew members from the United Arab Emirates-owned and Panama-flagged 'MV-Ro Ro Laila' which was hijacked last year and is being held at the Somali port of Berbera since September 15, 2009.

Meanwhile, the 13 Sri Lankan crew members aboard the seized Saudi Arabian vessel, 'MV Al Nisr Al Saudi' still have not been released yet.

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