Ship hijacked with 24 Chinese crew in Arabian Sea

Chinese state media say pirates have hijacked a cargo ship with 24 Chinese sailors on board in the Arabian Sea.

The official Xinhua News Agency said in a brief report that the Panama-registered ship was hijacked by seven pirates at noon Beijing time (0400 GMT) Thursday.

Pirates from Somalia, which has not had a functioning government in two decades, are active in the region. Confrontations with pirates have turned increasingly violent in recent months.

Pirates typically command approximately $5 million to release a ship and crew.