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Another Malaysian ship hijacked by Somali pirates

2008-12-30 13:57:06 GMT2008-12-30 21:57:06 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- Another Malaysian ship has been hijacked by Somali pirates, Malaysian national news services Bernama reported on Tuesday.

The vessel with 11 crew members aboard was reportedly seized by pirates in Somali waters on Dec. 16 when it was returning from West Asia to Malaysia, but carrying no cargo.

The owners of the vessel registered in Port Klang, Malaysia, were still in talks with the captors over the release of the vessel and its crew, according to Bernama.

Earlier in August this year, two Malaysian ships carrying oil were hijacked in the Gulf of Aden by Somali pirates.

The two vessels, together with a total of 79 crew, were released in late September, except one Philippine crew member who was killed by stray bullets.

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