Piracy Attempt

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TOKYO, November 21, 2010 (AFP) – A small, unidentified ship opened fire on a container vessel run by a Japanese logistics firm, in an apparent piracy attack in the Indian Ocean, a report said late Saturday. None of container ship’s 24 crew members, all non-Japanese, was injured in the incident Saturday, Kyodo News reported, quoting Japan’s transport ministry.

The Panama-registered, 105,644-ton Altair, operated by Nippon Yusen K.K., was sailing for Singapore when it was approached and fired upon, Kyodo said.

The Altair continued to sail on its course after the incident, Kyodo said. The transport ministry was not available for confirmation.