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The European Union's anti-piracy naval force says Somali pirates have hijacked a North Korean-flagged cargo ship.
The EU force says hijackers seized the MV Rim Wednesday in the Gulf of Aden, just south of the Yemeni coast. In a statement, the EU force says the vessel has altered course and is now heading towards the Somali basin.
The statement says investigators are not certain how many crew members are on board the Libyan-owned ship, and do not know the nationalities of crew members.
Three American soldiers were among eight people killed when a roadside bomb struck their convoy in northwestern Pakistan. Taliban militants are said to have claimed responsibility for the attack.
Authorities say a security convoy carrying five American military personnel was the target of the attack in the Lower Dir District. The northwestern Pakistani region is a well-known former stronghold of the Taliban.
Iraqi Security Forces arrested five suspected terrorists during two joint security operations conducted today to degrade the al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) network in northern Iraq.
In Haditha, located approximately 150 km southwest of Mosul, ISF and U.S.
Yesterday an Afghan-international security force searched a small compound in a rural area of the Nad Ali District, Helmand province, where intelligence information indicated militant activity. During the search the joint force detained a pair of suspected insurgents, and found Taliban propaganda and a grenade.
Also in Helmand yesterday, a joint force stopped a vehicle near Kherwaray in the Nowzad District, after intelligence indicated militant activity, and detained a few suspected insurgents.