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Friday, October 10, 2008

Somali Pirates: Grab one, let one go



As a ransom is paid to release a Japanese tanker, a cement ship was taken by pirates off Somalia, according to this:
A ship laden with cement was hijacked in the pirate-ridden waters between Somalia and Yemen, a government official said on Friday.

The panama-flagged Wail was en route to Bosasso from Oman and was attacked between the Yemeni Island of Socotra and Bosasso just hours after Somali pirates received a $1.6 million ransom to release the MT Irene, a Japanese chemical tanker.

"A Panama-flagged ship, Wail, was hijacked on Thursday night between Socotra Island and Bosasso," said Ali Abdi Aware, state minister for northern Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region.

He told Reuters the crew of 11 consisted of nine Syrians and two Somalis.

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