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Pirates hijack two chemical tankers off Somalia

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  • Pirates hijack two European-owned chemical tankers off the coast of Somalia
  • 23,000-ton Norwegian-owned M/V Bow-Asir captured
  • M/V Nipayia, a 9,000-ton Greek-owned vessel also seized
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(CNN) -- Pirates have hijacked two European-owned chemical tankers off the coast of Somalia in the past 24 hours, the European Union Maritime Security Center said Thursday.

The 23,000-ton Norwegian-owned and Bahamian-registered M/V Bow-Asir was captured 250 miles east of the southern Somali city Kismayo on Thursday morning, the security center said in a release.

The M/V Nipayia, a 9,000-ton Greek-owned and Panamanian-registered vessel with 19 crew members, was attacked approximately 450 miles east of Kismayo on Wednesday afternoon, the security center said.

Officials have issued an alert site notifying all vessels in the area to be aware of the increase in pirate activity.

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