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Taiwanese boat hijacked in Indian Ocean

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Pirate crew climbed onboard late Thursday, EU Naval Force Somalia says
  • Ship has crew of 28 and are believed well
  • Hijackings by Somali pirates are common off the coast of Africa
  • Pirates
  • Somalia
  • Taiwan

(CNN) -- A Taiwanese fishing vessel has been hijacked in the Indian Ocean, the European Union Naval Force Somalia said in a news release.

The fishing boat Tai Yuan 227 was hijacked last week about 700 nautical miles (1,300 kilometers) northeast of the Seychelles, the release said Monday. The Seychelles are an archipelago of 115 islands about 930 miles (1,500 kilometers) east of Africa.

A skiff firing automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades attacked the boat, and a pirate crew climbed aboard the fishing vessel late Thursday, the EU naval release said.

The Taipei Rescue Command Centre reported the ship hijacked on Friday.

The ship has a crew of 28. All are believed well, the release said.

The fishing vessel was last seen heading toward the Somali coast.

Hijackings by Somali pirates are a common occurrence off the coast of Africa. Recently the pirates have been ranging farther into the Indian Ocean.