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Africa

Pirates grab Greek-owned tanker

media The French frigate le Nivose sent to the region to tackle pirates AFP/Navfor

A Greek-owned tanker with a German skipper and a crew of 16 has been seized by pirates off the coast of Kenya.

The Singapore-flagged vessel York, operated by Athens-based Interunity Management Corporation, was en route for the Seychelles and was attacked around 50 nautical miles east from the Kenyan port of Mombasa.

It was carrying 17 crew, including a German master, two Ukrainians and 14 Filipinos, European naval forces in Brussels said in a statement.

The Greek coastguard said the ship carries 150 tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

The European Union mission said that in "a separate but seemingly linked incident" a
fishing vessel, the Golden Wave, that was pirated on 9 October, was seen in the vicinity of the tanker.

Including this weekend's seizure, pirates currently are holding 19 vessels with 428 hostages, the statement said.

In an exclusive interview with RFI this weekend, Seychelles President Jean Michel appealed for more resources to fight the pirates.

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