Sicilian Fishing Cooperative Says Boat With 7 Crew Taken by Armed Men 40 Miles Off Libya

A Sicilian fishing cooperative says a boat with seven crew members has been taken by armed men 40 miles off Libya, and was being brought to the Libyan port of Misurata. Cooperative spokesman Francesco Mezzapelle said port authorities were alerted early Friday by another Italian fishing boat in the area, and that the cooperative president was in touch with both Libyan authorities and the Italian foreign ministry. Mezzapelle said the armed men did not appear to be from the Libyan military.