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Monday, December 19, 2005

Somalia pirates killing each other over ransom money

Looks like an old problem of piracy- how to split the loot- is rearing its head in Somalia as reported here:
Fighting triggered by a dispute over sharing of ransom money has erupted between two Somali militia groups, which have been taking sailors hostage off the Coast of Somalia.

The two groups clashed over cash paid as ransom to secure the release of some 48 Asian sailors who had been held in Somalia for over three months on three fishing vessels.

Mr Andrew Mwangura, a maritime expert, said in Mombasa on Sunday that at least two people were killed in gunfire between Juba Valley Alliance (JVA) and National Volunteer Coast Guard (NVCG). The groups are different from hijackers who recently released 30 Kenyan sailors held near Mogadishu.

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