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Captain of Hijacked Tanker Dies From Gunshot Wounds

The captain of a chemical tanker who was shot when his ship was hijacked earlier this week has died, Sky News reported a Somali pirate as saying.

"The captain of the chemical tanker died last night from gunshot wounds he got during the hijack," a pirate who gave his name as Mohamed said.

"The ship is headed for Haradheere with the dead captain."

The a Virgin-Islands owned chemical tanker MV Theresa VIII was hijacked earlier this week with its 28 North Korean crew members.

The ship was sailing to the Kenyan port of Mombasa, but had turned around after being seized near the Indian Ocean archipelago.

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