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Somalis Storm Hijacked UAE Ship
BBC ^ | 4-22-2008

Posted on 04/22/2008 1:56:13 PM PDT by blam

Somalis storm hijacked UAE ship

Forces from Somalia's Puntland region have stormed a UAE-flagged cargo ship hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of Aden, local officials say.

The men from the semi-autonomous region defeated the pirates after "brief fighting", the mayor of the region's Bosasso port told Reuters news agency.

Seven pirates were arrested in the incident a day after the Al-Khaleej was hijacked, local officials said.

Pirates also seized a Spanish fishing boat in the area at the weekend.

At least three people were wounded in the incident, although the ship's crew were unhurt, local reports said.

The ship was hijacked en-route to Bosasso on Monday.

Notorious area

The incident is the latest in a spate of pirate raids on vessels in Somali coastal waters, some of the most hazardous in the world.

A Spanish naval frigate is now heading for the area where pirates seized a Spanish tuna trawler with 26 crew on board

The captain of the trawler - contacted by Spanish radio - said the crew were "all well". The Somali pirates have demanded a ransom.

The Playa de Bakio - a Basque tuna boat - was attacked about 250 miles (400km) off the coast.

Earlier this month, a luxury French yacht was hijacked with 30 people on board.

A Paris court has charged six Somalis over the incident, detained when French commandos carried out a raid on the vessel to free the hostages.

Last year, more than 25 ships were seized by pirates in Somali coastal waters.

Somalia has not had an effective central government for more than 17 years and is plagued by insecurity.

Puntland, an arid region in the country's north-east, declared itself an autonomous state in August 1998.

TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hijacked; ship; somalia; uae

1 posted on 04/22/2008 1:56:13 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam
I took a speech class in college (late 1970s). One guy talked about "The Horn of Africa" and the problems there.

Some things never change.

2 posted on 04/22/2008 2:13:53 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Calvin Locke

It goes further back than that. The Barbary pirates were mostly in the Med, but same stuff, as far back as the 1400s.

3 posted on 04/22/2008 2:51:21 PM PDT by phrogphlyer
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To: blam

Time to send a “bait ship” into the area....

Slow lumbering freighter, low gunnels easy to board with a few choice looking and expensive goodies visible on deck...

Warn off the pirate skiffs while they’re still out of range of their small arms or RPGs — if they continue their approach — pull the tarps off of a few Ma Duces and blow the bastards out of the water...

4 posted on 04/22/2008 6:37:05 PM PDT by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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