ITALIAN OIL TANKER HIJACKED

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STORY: ITALIAN OIL TANKER HIJACKED
DATELINE: Feb. 8, 2011
LENGTH: 0:00:16
LOCATION: Rome

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Pirates hijacked an Italian oil tanker in the Indian Ocean on Tuesday.

The attack took place 500 miles off the coast of India and 800 miles off the coast of Somalia.

The crew include 17 Indians and five Italians.

The European Union's anti-piracy organisation said the vessel was boarded after a sustained attack by a small boat with five suspected pirates firing small arms and four rocket propelled grenades.

The ship was sailing from Sudan and was destined for Malaysia.
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