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Two Romanians onboard Greek ship hijacked by pirates

Somali pirates on Wednesday hijacked a Liberia-flagged and Greek-owned ship with up to 26 people aboard, among which two Romanians, in the Gulf of Aden. “We have been informed that the Greek-owned ship Eleni P was seized by pirates in the Gulf of Aden,” a Greek coast guard official quoted by Reuters said, declining to be named. The ship, managed by Eurobulk Ltd, was carrying iron and sailing from Ukraine to China via Singapore. The crew – 23 Filipinos, two Romanians and one Indian – are reported to be safe, the European Union Naval Force Somalia said, according to CNN. The force’s Operation Atalanta focuses on escorting merchant vessels carrying humanitarian aid for the World Food Programme and those of the African Union Mission in Somalia, protecting vessels in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, and deterring and disrupting piracy. At the moment, over 400 sailors are detained by pirates, the largest number since 2007. The Romanian Foreign Ministry confirmed the abduction, but said it had information only one Romanian was on board. “From the information we have so far, the Romanian citizens and the rest of the crew are in good health condition and have plenty of water and food supplies. The ship was captured by Somali pirates while it was in a ship convoy on the secure corridor protected by international forces,” the ministry said in a press release quoted by Mediafax news agency. The ministry also said Romania’s embassy in Greece is in permanent contact with Greek authorities and the company that owns the ship. The Foreign Ministry also informed the interior Ministry of the situation, in view of informing the family of the abducted Romanian sailor, the institution said.

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