Somali pirates have hijacked an Indian cargo ship off the coast of the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, officials there say.

One source said the vessel was heading towards Somali shores. There were no details of the crew or destination.

Some two weeks earlier an oil tanker en route to Mogadishu was seized by pirates who then released the boat apparently without conditions.

That incident was the first hijack off the Somali coast since 2012.

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