Somali pirates say they hijacked Yemeni vessel

Sat Oct 31, 2009 3:37am EDT

BOSSASO, Somalia Oct 31 (Reuters) - Somalia pirates said on Saturday they had seized a Yemeni fishing vessel overnight after a gunbattle that killed at least one of the hijackers.

"We have attacked a Yemeni fishing boat. It was taking fish near Eyl last night," pirate Bashir told Reuters by phone from Eyl. "They had weapons and fought against us. They killed one of us and injured another one but we have hijacked it at last. It's in our hands now." (Reporting by Abdiqani Hassan; Editing by David Clarke)