Somalia pirates have seized a Taiwanese fishing vessel with 26 crews on board off the coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, said the European Union Naval Force Somalia (NAVFOR) on Dec. 30.

The FV Shiuh Fu No 1 vessel with 26 crews, including Chinese nationals, from both the mainland and Taiwan, and Vietnamese was operating off the North-East corner of the island when it reported being chased by a skiff.

So far, no further communication with the vessel has been possible since the attack but strong indications are that FV Shiuh Fu No 1 has been pirated, said the NAVFOR on its website, adding that the conditions of the crew or the vessel are not known.

According to the NAVFOR, pirates are currently holding 26 vessels along with 613 crew hostages./.