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Filipino Sailors Ensnared in Twin Pirate Hijackings

abs-cbnNEWS.com, News Headline, Posted: Apr 10, 2009

MANILA The Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that 21 Filipino nationals onboard two ships were taken hostage in two hijacking incidents on Monday, reports abs-cbnnews.com. Manilas Office of the Undersecretary of Migrants Workers Affairs (OUMWA) said pirates captured both the Win Far 161 and the MV Malaspina Castle off Seychelles and Madagascar on Monday. There were 17 Filipino seafarers aboard the Win Far and four aboard the Malaspina Castle. OUMWA said the local manning agency of Malaspina Castle is working on the release of the vessel and its Filipino crew. The families of the hostages have been informed. The number of Filipinos in captivity now totals 117, involving seven vessels. Over the past several weeks, there has been a surge of hijackings by suspected Somali pirates.


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