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Pirate attacks push even further offshore

Pirate attacks push even further offshore

Hong Kong: Somali pirates have attacked an oil tanker some 1,000 nautical miles off the coast - the furthest away yet, the EU's anti-piracy mission reports.

The Hong Kong-registered BW Lion, operated by the Sohmen-family controlled BW Group,  managed to evade an attack by two fast skiffs, firing automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades, it says.

Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports suggest pirates have seized a ship carrying weapons.  [09/10/09]