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Backgrounder: Chinese sailors hijacked by Somali pirates

07-01-2010 08:32 BJT

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Chinese sailors have been among the victims of pirate hijackings in the infamous Gulf of Aden over recent years.

On Monday, Singaporean ship "Golden Blessing" with 19 Chinese sailors onboard, was hijacked by an unknown number of pirates. The ship was sailing between Saudi Arabia and India. The sailors are reportedly safe.

In January, a Singapore-flagged chemical tanker was seized by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden. Five Chinese sailors were among the 24 crew onboard. In October last year, a bulk carrier called De Xin Hai and its 25 Chinese crew were hijacked in the Indain Ocean.

Back in May 2007, ten Chinese were onboard two South Korean fishing boats that were hijacked in Somalian waters. To battle the rising threat of piracy off the coast of Somalia, China has sent 11 naval vessels that have been patrolling the waters since 2008.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CCTV.com

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