03/01/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Somali Pirates Hijack German Tanker

Somali pirates hijacked a German-owned tanker carrying liquefied petroleum gas on Thursday, the first ship seized in the Gulf of Aden in nearly four weeks. A decline in the rate of attacks since foreign navies rushed to the busy sea lane has raised optimism that the menace was being curbed, but pirates have been seeking ways to evade the warships.

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