SKorean navy pursuing hijacked tanker off Somalia

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Officials say a South Korean navy
destroyer is pursuing a supertanker believed to have been hijacked
by pirates in the Indian Ocean off Somalia.
The tanker was believed to be carrying more than $150 million
worth of crude oil owned by San Antonio-based Valero Energy Corp.
Valero said it owns the cargo on the tanker, but could not
confirm the hijacking.
Spokesman Bill Day says the company has "had reports to that
effect, but there's been no official confirmation." But Day says
that "everything points to that."
South Korea's Foreign Ministry says the destroyer will need a
little over a day to catch up to the tanker.
The Associated Press quotes a ministry office, who spoke on
condition of anonymity, that the navy received a call Sunday from
the Samho Dream saying three pirates had boarded.
The tanker was bound from Iraq to Louisiana.


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