Somali pirates captured a Malaysian container ship and its crew on Friday in the Indian Ocean.
The Albedo was seized approximately 900 nautical miles from Mogadishu early Friday, said Navfor, the EU anti-piracy naval force.
"The MV Albedo is Malaysian-flagged and owned, with a crew of 23 (Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan and Iranian)," a Navfor statement said. "The vessel was carrying containers and was bound for Mombasa from Jebel Ali in the United Arab Emirates."
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Including the Albedo, pirates are currently holding 22 vessels with 521 hostages, Navfor said.
Piracy has long been a problem in the Indian Ocean off Somalia, where the lack of a functioning government over most of the last 15 years has allowed its vast coastline to be turned into a perfect refuge for criminal gangs.
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