Somali Pirates Seize 2 More Ships
Cargo ship and chemical tanker make 4 taken this week
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2010 8:09 AM CST
This photograph taken in July 2008 shows the British registered tanker St. James Park, which was seized along with a Panamanian-flagged carrier off Somalia's coast Tuesday Dec. 29, 2009.    (AP Photo/Jacques Pirson)
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(Newser) – Pirates hijacked two more ships—a British cargo ship and an Indonesian chemical tanker—off the coast of Somalia yesterday, officials said this morning, bringing to four the number seized this week, despite an international naval armada aimed at protecting shipping in the area. The latest targets were the UK-flagged Asian Glory, with a crew of 25, and the Singaporean-flagged Pramoni, with 24 onboard, the AP reports.

Last Monday, Somali pirates captured the UK-flagged chemical tanker, the St James Park, in the Gulf of Aden on its way to Thailand from Spain; the same day the Navios Apollon, a Panamanian-flagged Greek cargo ship was hijacked north of the Seychelles.