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Pirates hijack Thai ship off Somalia

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  • MV Thor Star, was hijacked Tuesday with 28 Thai crew
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NAIROBI, Kenya (CNN) -- Pirates have hijacked a Thai cargo ship in the Gulf of Aden off the Somali coast, the Kenya Seafarers Association said Thursday.

The ship, the MV Thor Star, was hijacked Tuesday with 28 Thai crew members on board, said Andrew Mwangura, a spokesman for the association, which acts on behalf of merchant vessels in the region.

The Thai-flagged ship is owned by Bangkok-based Thoresen Thai Agencies.

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Pirate attacks are frequent in the waters off Somalia, a notoriously unsafe area for unescorted vessels.

Earlier this month, Canada announced it was dispatching a warship to the area to protect U.N. aid ships after more than two dozen reported pirate attacks in the waters off Somalia this year.

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