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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-11-11

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Greek cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates
  • [02] 5.4R quake jolts Zakynthos

  • [01] Greek cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates

    A Greek-owned cargo ship was seized by Somali pirates at dawn on Wednesday in the Indian Ocean, the Coast Guard said.

    The Marshall Islands-flag freighter "Filitsa", carrying a crew of three Greek officers and 19 Filipino seamen, was attacked and seized by Somali pirates some 400 nautical miles northeast of the Seychelles as it was sailing from Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the port of Durban in S. Africa loaded with fertilizer.

    The ship belongs to the Order Shipping Co. Ltd.

    According to the European Naval Force (Atalanta mission), pirates are currently holding at least 12 ships with more than 200 hostages, while three of the ships were seized in the last week alone.

    The hijacking of the Greek vessel came just one day after the EU and the Seychelles signed an agreement allowing EU naval forces to seek and detain suspected Somali pirates in the waters off the Seychelles, where there has been a surge in piracy over the last month.

    [02] 5.4R quake jolts Zakynthos

    A moderate earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale jolted the Ionian island of Zakynthos a few minutes before noon on Wednesday, but no damage or injury was immediately reported.

    The earthquake was recorded at 11:51 a.m. at a distance of 300 kilometers west of Athens, with its epicentre in the sea southwest of Zakynthos.

    The trembler was also felt on Cephallonia, in Pyrgos and other parts of western Greece.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo


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