S. Korea responds to reported vessel hijacking off Somalia

South Korea’s military dispatched a naval unit in waters off Somalia after pirates reportedly hijacked a South Korean fishing vessel, officials said Saturday.

The vessel, which had a crew of South Koreans and foreigners, lost contact after relaying that “something is following the back of the ship,” according to an official from the Defense Ministry. The official spoke on condition of anonymity, citing office rules.

South Korea’s anti-piracy Cheonghae Unit was participating in international operations to combat piracy in nearby waters before responding to the situation.

Crews from South Korean fishing vessels and cargo ships have often been targets of Somali pirates.

Recent weeks have seen a resurgence of piracy off Somalia’s coast after five years of inactivity. The piracy was once a serious threat to the global shipping industry but lessened in recent years after an international effort to patrol off…

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