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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Somalia Pirate Update

Thought it was about ransom when Somali pirates seized a World Food Program ship? It's not now, it's gone beyond that:
Pirates who hijacked a United Nations World Food Program (WFP) vessel off the Somalia coast last week are seeking audience with the UN officials before releasing the hostages, senior Kenyan official said here Wednesday.

Government spokesman Alfred Mutua said the pirates holding eight Kenyans hostage in Somalia are allegedly not interested in the 500,000 US dollar ransom, but want to settle a score with the United Nations.

"The pirates are now demanding to be addressed by the United Nations. They are no longer interested in the ransom," Mutua said by telephone. (source)

In what seems to be related news, The Christian Science Monoitor asks Is Somalia on the verge of war?

The banging sound you hear in the background is the war drum being tested.

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