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Pirates hijack Taiwanese fishing vessel off African coast

By the CNN Wire Staff
A pirate off the shores of Hobyo in northeastern Somalia earlier this year - Somali pirates now hold 18 ships and 383 hostages.
A pirate off the shores of Hobyo in northeastern Somalia earlier this year - Somali pirates now hold 18 ships and 383 hostages.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Pirates take over Taiwanese boat with 14 crew on board, says EU's naval force
  • The hijacking is farther south than any since EU started anti-piracy action in December 2008
  • Somali pirates are now holding a total of 18 ships and 383 hostages, EU says
RELATED TOPICS
  • Somalia
  • Pirates

(CNN) -- Pirates have commandeered a Taiwanese-flagged fishing boat off the coast of Africa, the European Union's Naval Force in Somalia announced on Friday.

The naval force said the Feng Guo No. 168 departed from Port Louis, Mauritius, on October 1, with 14 crew members onboard, including a Taiwanese captain and sailors from Vietnam, China and Indonesia.

The vessel was hijacked in the Gulf of Aden, about 250 nautical miles from Madagascar. That location makes the incident the southernmost act of piracy since the European Union began its first-ever naval response, Operation ATALANTA, in December 2008, according to the naval force.

The force said the operation exists to combat piracy and protect vulnerable ships in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, especially merchant vessels carrying humanitarian aid from the World Food Program and the African Union Mission in Somalia.

Somali pirates now hold 18 ships and 383 hostages after snatching the Feng Guo No. 168, the naval force said.