Somali gunmen hijacked a freight ship off the eastern coast of Somalia on Monday.

The Kenya-based MV Torgelow  was on its way to Somalia's port of El-Maan to bring fuel and supplies to another ship, the MV Semlow, that was recently freed by hijackers. Both ships are owned by the same company.

The MV Torgelow  was expected to arrive in El-Maan on Monday. The ships owner, Inayet Kudrati, said he lost contact with the vessel and its 10-man crew on Saturday.

In June, the MV Semlow and its 10-member crew were hijacked as it sailed from Kenya to Somalia. The United Nations World Food Program had hired the Kenyan vessel to carry 850 metric tons of rice donated by Japan and Germany.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.