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Pirates seize Italian cargo ship in Arabian Sea

Ship was heading from Brazil with a cargo of soya for Iran when it was seized off the Horn of Africa

Pirates seize Italian cargo ship in Arabian Sea
PIRATE THREAT: An Italian ship with a crew of 21 was attacked and seized by pirates in the Arabian Sea, the vessels operators said on Thursday (Getty Images)

An Italian ship with a crew of

21 was attacked and seized by pirates in the Arabian Sea, the

vessel's operators said on Thursday.

"They are all well, we spoke half an hour ago with the

commander," said Carlo Miccio, an official at Perseveranza, the

Naples-based operators of the vessel, the "Rosalio D'Amato".

He said he did not know how many pirates were on board the

vessel, with 70,000 tonnes freight capacity, which was heading

from Brazil with a cargo of soya for Iran when it was seized off

the Horn of Africa.

Without citing its sources, Italian news agency ANSA said

the vessel was now heading to the coast of Somalia, the base for

pirates who have attacked ships in the Arabian Sea and Indian

Ocean in recent years.

In February, pirates seized an Italian oil tanker in the

Indian Ocean, some 800 miles off the coast of Somalia.

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