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Italian vessel hijacked by Somali pirates

An Italian shipping company says Somali pirates off the coast of Oman have hijacked a tanker with 18 crew on board.

NAIROBI // An Italian shipping company says Somali pirates have hijacked a tanker with 18 crew on board.

A statement from the Marnavi company website says that the Enrico Ievoli was hijacked off the coast of Oman.

There were six Italians, five Ukrainians and seven Indians on-board when the ship came under attack in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The ship was carrying a cargo of caustic soda to the Mediterranean. The company said it has notified Italian authorities and is waiting for more information.

Ransoms for tankers often reach into the millions of dollars. The long coastline of war-ravaged Somalia provides a perfect haven for pirate gangs preying on shipping off the East African coast.