Pirates make ransom demand for tanker, crew seized off Somalia

The armed pirates who seized an oil tanker off the coast of Somalia have demanded a ransom, the European Union Naval Force said on Tuesday. The amount of the ransom demand was not immediately reported. The operation, which serves as the E.U.’s anti-piracy operation in the region, managed to make contact with the ship’s master, who confirmed that armed men had taken control of the ship, the Comoros-flagged Aris 13. The Monday hijacking was the first such attack on a big commercial vessel in the area, which is patrolled by NATO navies, as well as by China, India, and Iran.

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