Somali pirates on Wednesday attacked and seized the Russian tanker Moskovsky Universitet in the Gulf of Aden, a Navy source said.
He said previously the incident had occurred around 8.00 a.m. Moscow time [04:00 GMT], when the tanker was on en route from the Red Sea to China. The pirates attacked the Russian vessel 350 miles east of the Gulf of Aden. There are 23 people on board, all of them Russian citizens.
He added that a Russian warship, the large anti-submarine ship Marshal Shaposhnikov, was on its way to help the tanker but would be unable to reach it until Wednesday night.
MOSCOW, May 5 (RIA Novosti)