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Somali pirates hijack Russian tanker: EU Navfor

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Somali Pirates on Wednesday hijacked the Russian Oil Tanker MV Moscow University 350 miles off the coast of Yemen.

"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."

The EU anti-piracy task force said there were 23 Russian crew on board.

The Novorossiyk Shipping Company said in an online statement that a Russian warship was on its way to the tanker.

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.

(Reporting by Richard Lough; Additional reporting by Jonathan Saul in London; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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