Diplomat: Somali Pirates Seize 21 American Sailors

A diplomat says Somali pirates have hijacked a cargo ship with 21 Americans onboard.

He says the 17,000-ton Maersk Alabama was taken Wednesday. The Kenya-based diplomat spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Company representatives and a spokeswoman from the U.S. embassy in Nairobi were not immediately able to confirm the hijacking.

Andrew Mwangura of the East African Seafarers' Assistance Program said the ship was taken about 400 miles (640 kilometers) from the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

The vessel is the sixth to be seized within a week and the first with an all-American crew.


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