Somali Pirates Seize Ship With Crew of 8

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -Wing Cmdr. Paddy O'Kennedy said Tuesday the MV EMS River was seized approximately 175 miles (280 kilometers) northeast of the port of Salalah, Oman.

The general cargo ship has a crew of one Romanian and seven
Filipinos. It is German owned and was carrying petrol from Greece
to the United Arab Emirates.

Another pirated vessel, the MV Motivator, was close by during
Monday's attack.

Kennedy says that shows pirates are using larger pirated vessels as 'motherships' to extend their range.

The European Union Naval Force says there are now 26 vessels and
609 hostages being held by pirates off the coast of Somalia.

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