Suspected Somali Pirates Hijack Ship

Photo: BBC
Photo: BBC

A  freight ship has been hijacked off the coast of Somalia, for the first time in five years.

According to reports, a number of suspected pirates boarded the Sri Lankan-flagged vessel off the country’s northern coast on Monday.

A spokesperson for the European Union Naval Force which runs an anti-piracy operations in the area, said it was too early to confirm pirate involvement.

If confirmed, this would be the first hijacking of a commercial ship by Somali pirates since 2012.