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Pirates abandon sugar ship Syria Star seized off Horn

The MV Syria Star (image: Navfor website)
Image caption The ship is crewed by Syrians and Egyptians

Pirates have abandoned a sugar cargo ship a day after seizing it in the Gulf of Aden, the EU naval task force operating off Somalia says.

Two members of the 18,838-tonne Syria Star's crew of 22 Syrians and two Egyptians were injured during the hijacking.

EU Navfor said it was giving medical assistance to the two members.

The pirates, who abandoned their own skiff during the hijacking, apparently left on a lifeboat.

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