Pirates have hijacked an Indian cargo ship off the coast of Somalia, authorities in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland have confirmed.
Puntland’s deputy Minister for ports, Mohammud Gabbah, confirmed the hijacking to the BBC Somali service.
There are conflicting reports about where the ship was heading from and to.
“We understand Somali pirates hijacked a commercial Indian ship and [it is heading] towards Somalia’s shores,” Abdirizak Mohamed Dirir, a former director of Puntland’s anti-piracy agency told Reuters news agency.
There were 11 people on board the vessel, which was taken on 1 April, Indian media report.
Last month, pirates launched the first successful hijacking of a major commercial vessel since 2012.