Pirater utenfor kysten av Somalia har kapret et lasteskip tilhørende danske A.P. Møller-Maersk, med et mannskap på 20 amerikanere. Et eller annet sted går det en smertegrense.

Somali pirates on Wednesday hijacked a U.S.-flagged cargo ship with 20 American crew members onboard, the shipping company said.

The 17,000-ton Maersk Alabama was carrying emergency relief to Mombasa, Kenya, when it was hijacked, said Peter Beck-Bang, spokesman for the Copenhagen-based container shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk.

In a statement, the company confirmed that the U.S.-flagged vessel has 20 U.S. nationals onboard.

Cmdr. Jane Campbell, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Navy’s Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, said that it was the first pirate attack «involving U.S. nationals and a U.S.-flagged vessel in recent memory.» She did not give an exact timeframe.

The U.S. Navy confirmed that the ship was hijacked Wednesday at 0430GMT (12:30 a.m. EDT) about 280 miles (450 kilometers) southeast of Eyl, a town in the northern Puntland region of Somalia.

Pirates hijack ship with 20 Americans onboard