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16 more Filipinos seized by Somalis

Nairobi: Despite a more muscular defense of commercial shipping off the east African coast, Somali pirates seized on Saturday a Panama-flagged tanker with at least 16 Filipinos on board, the European Union Naval Force Somalia (EU NAVFOR) said this weekend.??According to EU NAVFOR, the 16 Filipinos were among a crew of 24 serving aboard the Liberian-owned m/v Polar.??"The m/v Polar, deadweight 72,825 tons, has a crew of 24, of which 1 is Romanian, 3 are Greek, 4 Montenegrin, and 16 Filipino," it said.??EU NAVFOR said the attack occurred some 580 nautical miles (or almost 1,100 kilometers) east of Socotra island in the Indian Ocean. [01/11/10]

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