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Apparent pirate attack in the Gulf of Mexico wounds 2 people

Posted: 10:24 AM, Nov 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-14 11:24:36-05
Pirate attack reported near Mexico

MEXICO — MEXICO CITY (AP) - The Mexican navy says two Italian crew members were wounded in an attack by armed assailants who boarded their ship in the Gulf of Mexico.

The pirate attack was apparently carried out by several armed men who approached the Italian-flagged ship Rema in two fishing boats.

The Mexican navy said Tuesday that one Italian suffered a blow to the head, and the other was shot. It did not comment on their condition.

The navy says it dispatched a fast boat to the site of the attack late Monday off the coast of Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche.

The southern Gulf of Mexico has seen an increasing number of pirate attacks on oil platforms and boats in recent years.