April 30, 2011 / 5:59 PM / 8 years ago

Singapore chemical tanker boarded by pirates off Kenya

SINGAPORE, April 30 (Reuters) - Pirates have boarded a Singapore-registered chemical tanker with 25 crew off the coast of Kenya, the Southeast Asian city-state said on Saturday.

The tanker, Gemini, was headed to Mombasa, Kenya when the incident took place, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore said in a statement. A distressed call was received at about 0350 GMT.

Kenya lies south of Somalia, where pirates have made millions of dollars in ransoms by hijacking ships off the coast. (Reporting by Kevin Lim)

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