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U.S. crew attacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia

A cargo ship manned by 20 Americans was taken over by pirates on Wednesday, and there are conflicting reports into whether the crew has taken back the ship, The New York Times reports.

The U.S., Navy told The New York Times that the ship was taken at 7:30 a.m., local time off the coast of Somalia.

Maersk Alabama, the ship, was heading to the port city of Mombasa, Kenya, carrying supplies for the World Food Program, The New York Times reported.

A Pentagon official, who did not give his name, told The Times that they believe that the crew took back the ship from the pirates. Another military official told The Times that the crew may have one of the pirates while the pirates have the ship's captain.

Pirating has become a major problem off the coast of Somalia, with the 50 pirate attacks already this year. The New York Times reported that figure, and they also said that numerous international navies are patrolling the Gulf of Aden. This area is between the Horn of Africa and the Arabian peninsula.

The Times reported that the presence of navies around that area have pushed the pirates farther out into open water.

The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/09/world/africa/09pirates.html?_r=1&hp