Pi­rates hi­jack ship with 25 peo­ple off In­dia

The Pak Banker - - 6international -

DHAKA: Sus­pected So­mali pi­rates hi­jacked a Bangladeshi ship car­ry­ing nickel ore in the Ara­bian Sea and ap­pear headed to the law­less East African nation, of­fi­cials said Mon­day.

The Bangladesh-flagged M.V. Ja­han Moni ap­pears to have been hi­jacked Sun­day off the In­dian coast as it was head­ing from Singapore to Europe, said Rear Adm. Ba­zlur Rah­man, chief of the Bangladesh Ship­ping Depart­ment. He said au­thor­i­ties were in touch with sev­eral agen­cies and gov­ern­ments to res­cue the ship. They have not been in touch with the sus­pected pi­rates, and there has been no de­mand for ran­som, he said. "This is a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion. We are try­ing to do what­ever we can," Rah­man told The As­so­ci­ated Press by phone. The 25 Bangladeshis on the cargo ship in­clude the wife of one crewman, said Capt. Habibur Rah­man, prin­ci­pal of­fi­cer of the govern­ment's Mer­can­tile Ma­rine depart­ment. -Ap

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