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Somali pirates nab two more ships, one in protected Gulf of Aden

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(Read caption) The St James Park, a UK-flagged chemical tanker is seen on the River Thames at Northfleet in Essex, southern England in this October 4 file photo.

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Somalia's modern-day brigands are at it again, this time seizing a chemical tanker and a cargo vessel on Monday.

Pirates are now holding more than ten ships and 200 crew members of different nationalities, according to maritime officials. And in the past few days, they've reportedly raked in a cool $7.5 million in year-end booty.

An official with Navios ShipManagement, the managers of the Panama-registered cargo ship, Navios Apollon, told Reuters that the vessel was seized Monday about 800 miles off the Somali coast, north of the Seychelles archipelago.

Given the location of the seizure, it shouldn't come as a surprise that pirates were able to take that ship.

As the Monitor reported a month ago, when pirates seized an oil tanker in the same area, the international anti-piracy forces focus on patrolling shipping lanes in the Gulf of Aden, between Somalia and Yemen. As pirates have been moving farther out into the Indian Ocean, they face much less resistance from international navies.


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