Somali pirates hijack China-bound oil tanker.

Somali pirates on Wednesday hijacked theRussia-owned oil tanker MV Moscow University bound…

Somali pirates on Wednesday hijacked theRussia-owned oil tanker MV Moscow University bound for China 350 miles off the coast of Yemen with 23 Russian crew and crude oil worth $52 million on board.

“The oil is Chinese. It belongs to Unipec. It was sailing to (the Chinese) port Ningbo,” said a Russian shipping source.

Maritime experts said the tanker had a deadweight of 106,474 tonnes and a Russian shipping source said the vessel had begun its journey from Sudan with a cargo of 86,000 tonnes of oil.

“This morning we had an attack on a Liberian flagged ship Moscow University in the north eastern horn of our operation,” EU Navfor Commander Rear Admiral Jan Thornqvist told reporters in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa.

“The crew members locked themselves in the radar room. This ship has been hijacked.”

Somali sea bandits continue to outwit an international fleet of warships in the busy shipping lane linking Europe with Asia, raking in tens of millions of dollars in ransoms.

Source: Richard Lough for Yahoo! News Reuters.

Video of Dutch marines owning Somali pirates: here.

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