Cargo ship hijacked by pirates
Somali pirates have hijacked a cargo ship with 22 Syrians and two Egyptians on board, the EU's piracy task force has said.
The MV Syria Star was seized as it sailed in the Gulf of Aden with a cargo of sugar.
The EU said it dispatched helicopters immediately after the St Vincent and Grenadines-flagged ship said on Thursday that pirates were on board and had fired shots at the crew.
Helicopters found an abandoned skiff containing fuel and ammunition. The EU said the ship is headed toward Somalia and has refused to respond to radio contact.
Pirates are holding at least 17 ships and hundreds of crew members.