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North Korean freighter disappears off Horn of Africa (seized by Somali pirates?)
AFP (via inquirer.net) ^ | 06/29/07

Posted on 06/30/2007 4:20:23 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

Edited on 06/30/2007 4:33:29 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

North Korean freighter disappears off Horn of Africa

Agence France-Presse

Last updated 03:33pm (Mla time) 06/29/2007

NAIROBI -- A North Korean-flagged freighter has gone missing off the Horn of Africa coastline after last being spotted seven weeks ago, a Kenyan maritime official said Friday.

The MV Sea Prince was last seen loading cargo in Djibouti port in May, Andrew Mwangura, of the Kenyan branch of the Seafarers' Assistance Program, said.

"On May 11, it was spotted loading 2,400 tons of cereals in Djibouti port and was headed to the Somali ports of Berbera and Bosasso. Since then, it has gone missing and we have not heard any word from the captain or the owners," Mwangura told Agence France-Presse.

"Efforts to contact its managers in Ukraine have been unsuccessful," he added.

Mwangura said information on the missing freighter had been handed over to the US Navy patrolling the Horn of Africa, diplomatic missions in Nairobi and the International Maritime Bureau Piracy Reporting Centre.

Four vessels -- one from Taiwan, another from Denmark and two from South Korea -- are already currently in the hands of pirates off the coast of war-torn Somalia.

The International Maritime Bureau, based in Malaysia, has reported at least seven pirate attacks this year off Somalia's 3,700 kilometers (2,300 miles) of unpatrolled coastline.

Pirate attacks stopped in the second half of 2006 during six months of strict rule by Islamists, who were ousted by Ethiopian and Somali government troops at the end of the year.

Somalia, which lies in a strategic position at the mouth of the Red Sea, has been without an effective government since the 1991 ouster of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre sparked a bloody power struggle.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: africa; freighter; hornofafrica; korea; maritime; northkorea; pirate; somalia; tlr

1 posted on 06/30/2007 4:20:26 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo; Steel Wolf; nuconvert; MizSterious; nw_arizona_granny; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 06/30/2007 4:21:01 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

‘cereal’? or delivery now complete?


3 posted on 06/30/2007 4:22:22 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Since the vessel was North Korean I think it might rather have to do with missile parts being delivered around between rogues.


4 posted on 06/30/2007 4:25:01 AM PDT by SolidWood (UN delenda est.)
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To: Diogenesis
What’s in cereals? METH or Heroin?
5 posted on 06/30/2007 4:25:03 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

It will be interesting to see who (more like “if anyone”) will play the part of Thomas Jefferson, in this little pirate story, and decide to actually punish the pirates.


6 posted on 06/30/2007 4:25:17 AM PDT by David Isaac (Duncan Hunter '08)
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To: SolidWood

My first thought, exactly.


7 posted on 06/30/2007 4:25:59 AM PDT by David Isaac (Duncan Hunter '08)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

This pirate issue could be settled quite easily.

Put a few navy guys on one in ten of the ships passing through the problem area with small missiles.

Blow the attacking boats out of the water and just keep steaming, leaving the survivors to the sharks.

Piracy will stop quickly.


8 posted on 06/30/2007 4:26:24 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (It's not the heat, it's the stupidity.)
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To: SolidWood
Since the vessel was North Korean I think it might rather have to do with missile parts being delivered around between rogues.

And hopefully many of those missile parts are now at the bottom of the ocean. Damn those pirates. ;-)

9 posted on 06/30/2007 4:29:17 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: Diogenesis

You caught that too...

Amazing how much BS can be spoon-fed to the media, and they just run with it like sissors through the house...One of these days it’ll catch up to them...

So a coomunist flagged “freighter” loads up with “cereal” in a Djibouti port (not a land of friendliness to begin with) is in route to another African port to offload...

Unless they are providing a “charter” service...It doesn’t seem like this NK ship should be doing this...It should be working to facilitate the vacumn created by Kimmy-boy in their own country...They need the cereal worse than some folks in Africa...

This does not, once again, pass the smell test...

You’d think this was not a smooth move on the pirates part, knocking off one of Kim’s puddle jumpers...He might end up shooting off another missle to get attention, again...


10 posted on 06/30/2007 4:30:39 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (Houston Area Texans (I've always been hated))
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Is this not the area that has the giant waves that sink ships with no warning?


11 posted on 06/30/2007 4:44:06 AM PDT by YOUGOTIT (The Greatest Threat to our Security is the US Senate)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Cereals...right.

I'm sure this hasn't gone unnoticed by the US Navy's 5th Fleet.

U.S. Navy battles suspected pirates, kills 1

12 posted on 06/30/2007 4:48:34 AM PDT by andyandval
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To: Sherman Logan
Piracy will stop quickly.

I was thinking the same thing.

Take a small freighter and put some deck guns on her and hide them. Crew it with SEALS. Let the pirates come out and engage, then let the SEALS have at 'em. Leave one survivior to go home and tell the story. Repaint the ship, wait a week or two and do it again. Pretty soon the pirates stop thinking like a group and start thinking like individuals.

13 posted on 06/30/2007 5:18:22 AM PDT by Thermalseeker (Just the facts ma'am)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Could it have been the freighter with the nukes in it bound for al queda?

There may be much, much more to this official story.


14 posted on 06/30/2007 5:24:20 AM PDT by o_zarkman44 (No Bull in 08!)
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To: Diogenesis

“‘cereal’? or delivery now complete?”

That’s what I was thinking. Whatever was on that ship is probably now in Iran.


15 posted on 06/30/2007 5:45:33 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (THE US SENATE IS THE MOST CORRUPT BODY POLITIC SINCE THE ROMAN EMPIRE.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

One time I do support islamic justice is for pirates.


16 posted on 06/30/2007 6:18:54 AM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: silverleaf

The problem is they have a history of sponsoring them.


17 posted on 06/30/2007 7:01:34 AM PDT by U S Army EOD
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To: U S Army EOD

hostis humani generis

pirates and islamo fascists have a great deal in common


18 posted on 06/30/2007 7:17:08 AM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Seals removed the weapons stored in the secret compartments and are sailing the ship around the horn to be released off Angola.


19 posted on 06/30/2007 7:21:03 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Happiness is a down sleeping bag)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
A delivery to AQ without NK culpability?

Looks like it.

20 posted on 06/30/2007 8:06:35 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are truly evil.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

N Kor freighter owned or managed by Ukraine doing ordinary shipping neither to or from Ukraine or N Kor. Highly suspicious.


21 posted on 06/30/2007 8:09:36 AM PDT by RightWhale (It's Brecht's donkey, not mine)
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To: TigerLikesRooster; Jet Jaguar; monkapotamus; All

Did Looter guy steal it ROFL


22 posted on 06/30/2007 8:46:56 AM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: TigerLikesRooster; FARS; milford421; Calpernia; DAVEY CROCKETT; Founding Father

Bump and Ping.


23 posted on 06/30/2007 4:26:44 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny ( Today is a good day for working on some heavy praying. The world needs God to hear them.)
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