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Latest update : 2009-03-20

Pirates operating in the Gulf of Aden have captured a Greek cargo ship with 24 people on board, according to Greek authorities.

AFP - A Greek cargo ship with a 24-man crew was seized on Thursday by Somali pirates operating in the Gulf of Aden, the Greek merchant marine ministry said.

The St. Vincent-flagged cargo ship Titan is currently heading for the Somali coast following its capture, the ministry said.

It has a cargo of iron and was sailing from the Black Sea to Korea.

Somali pirates have attacked more than 130 merchant ships in the region last year, including several Greek-owned vessels.

This marks an increase of more than 200 percent on 2007, according to the International Maritime Bureau, which tracks piracy and shipping security issues.

Somalia has had no effective central authority since the 1991 ouster of former president Mohamed Siad Barre touched off a bloody cycle of clashes between rival factions.

Date created : 2009-03-20