Somali pirates have hijacked a Liberian-owned bulk cargo ship in the Indian Ocean, about 1,050 nautical miles east of the Somali coastal village of Eyl, EU anti- piracy force said on Sunday. EU Naval Force spokesman Paddy O'Kennedy said the Panama- flagged MV Renuar was attacked early on Saturday with 24 crew, all Filipinos in the distance of 550 nautical miles from the coast of India. "The attack was launched from two attack skiffs, supported by a mother ship, with pirates firing small arms and rocket propelled grenades at the merchant vessel," O'Kennedy said. Since the attack, he said, the pirates have confirmed that they have control of the ship which is now heading West towards the Somali coast.