Pirates hijack ship near India

The European Union anti-piracy force said pirates took control of the Panamanian-flagged MV Hannibal II while it was travelling from Malaysia to the Suez Canal.

The EU Naval Force said the hijacking took place nearly 900 nautical miles east of the Horn of Africa, which is closer to India than Somalia. The Hannibal has 31 crew on board, 23 of them from Tunisia. The EU said the tanker was carrying vegetable oil.

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