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BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese freighter has been hijacked byÂ piratesÂ off southern Iran, theÂ Chinese EmbassyÂ in Tehran reported on Friday.
TheÂ cargo ship, the "Xianghuamen," belongs toÂ Nanjing Ocean Shipping Co LtdÂ inÂ Nanjing, eastern China, the embassy said in a posting on its website.The ship was commandeered Friday morning in the Gulf of Oman near the south Iranian port of Chabahar, the embassy said. The embassy is in touch with Iranian authorities and has asked the government to take all necessary steps to recover the vessel and its crew safely, according to the statement.
There were no other details, including the number of pirates or crew members.
An official withÂ Nanjing Ocean ShippingÂ contacted by telephone confirmed the hijacking, but would not provide further information.
(Reporting by Terril Yue Jones; Editing by Kim Coghill)
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