Somali pirates have hijacked a British-flagged ship carrying cars off the Somali coast

The Bulgarian foreign ministry said the ‘Asian Glory’ was seized about 600 miles east of the Somali coast before it joined a convoy heading for the Gulf of Aden.

An official at the Bulgarian office of the British company Zodiac which manages the 45,000 tonne ship said there were 25 people on board, including eight Bulgarians. Other crew members include Romanians, Indians and Ukrainians.