Pirates seize supertanker, return to Somali port

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The U.S. Navy says pirates who seized a Saudi-owned oil supertanker are taking the ship to a Somali port where hijacked vessels are often held.

Navy spokesman Lt. Nathan Christensen of the U.S. 5th Fleet says the pirates holding the MV Sirius Star are "nearing an anchorage point" of the town of Eyl. The port has become a haven for pirates and a number of other ships are still being held there.

The tanker, carrying a cargo of crude and 25 crewmembers, was captured on Saturday more than 450 nautical miles southeast of Mombasa, Kenya, the furthest Somali pirates have traveled to seize a ship. The Sirius Star can carry about 2 million barrels of oil.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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