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Explosion on ship off Somali coast

Explosion on ship off Somali coastA huge explosion was heard from a ship off the coast of Somalia's Puntland region on Monday and flames were seen rising from what was possibly a foreign naval vessel, an official told Reuters.

"We heard a huge explosion and flame rising from the ship. I believe the ship is foreign," Ali Shire, mayor of Puntland port town of Alula, a pirate haven, told Reuters.

He said he believed the ship was likely a naval vessel because two foreign navy ships helped rescue the crew.

It was not immediately clear whether the explosion was caused by an accident aboard the vessel or triggered by pirate attackers. It was also not clear whether the vessel sank after the blast.

Abdi Jama, a resident of Muranyo village, told Reuters the vessel had been in the area for two days before the explosion and he saw a helicopter land on and take off from the vessel some time before the blast.

He said the explosion turned the vessel "into flames and huge clouds of smoke".

Somali pirates often prowl waters around Alula. In March, pirates hijacked an oil tanker, Aris 13, with eight Sri Lankan crew, the first time a commercial ship was commandeered in the region since 2012.

Several foreign navies, including from the European Union, China and others, operate in the area as part of anti-piracy missions.

 
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