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Somali pirates hijack ship with 28 North Koreans aboard

All Headlines 23:52 November 17, 2009

BRUSSELS, Nov. 17 (Yonhap) -- A Singapore-operated chemical tanker with 28 North Korean crew members on board has been hijacked by Somali pirates off the Seychelles Islands, wire reports and the European Union's naval force said.

The European Union's naval force said in a statement that the MV Theresa VIII, registered in the U.S. Virgin Islands, was hijacked Monday as it was heading to the Kenyan port of Mombasa about 180 nautical miles off the Indian Ocean islands.

"Theresa VIII has a deadweight of 22,294 tons and a crew of 28 North Koreans. The vessel, which was heading for Mombasa (Kenya), has turned around and is now heading north," the statement said.

A spokesman for the EU naval force contacted by Yonhap News Agency said he has not obtained any other information on the hijacked vessel beyond what was said in the statement.

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