Somali Pirates Hijack Another Tanker, Crew of 13

Dozen crew members include Filipinos and an Indonesian
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 29, 2009 7:49 AM CST
A Kenyan police officer patrols near a warship that will escort cargo ships against any attacks or hijackings by Somali pirates.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Somali pirates have hijacked a tanker and its crew of 12 Filipinos and one Indonesian. The cargo the Longchamp is carrying is unknown. Though the Gulf of Aden is now patrolled by more than a dozen warships from countries including Britain, France, Germany, Iran, and the US, they were not involved in the incident. Pirates, an increasing problem for international shipping, earned $30 million in ransom last year.