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Somali pirates hijack two ships

Somali pirates have captured two ships with 45 crew off the East African coast, officials say.

British chemical tanker, the St James Park, was reportedly captured in the Gulf of Aden on Monday while on its way to Thailand from Spain. Whilst The Navios Apollon, a Panamanian-flagged Greek cargo ship was hijacked north of the Seychelles.

The ships have 45 crew between them.

Jane-Frances Kelly reports.

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