Thursday, December 13, 2007

Somali Pirates: 2 Pirates Arrested in Hijacking

As reported here:
Two Somali pirates accused of hijacking a Japanese tanker have been arrested in northeastern Somalia, but up to a dozen more were still on the run, police said Thursday.

The chemical tanker Golden Nori, seized off the Somali coast six weeks ago, was released Wednesday along with its 22 crew, who apparently were unharmed, said Lt. John Gay, a U.S. Navy spokesman.

The U.S. Navy, which has led international patrols to try to combat piracy in the region, said the release meant no ships were being held by Somali pirates for the first time in more than a year.

"The police have arrested two of the pirates with their guns and they are tracking down the rest," said Ali Abdi Aware, the rural affairs minister in Puntland, a semiautonomous region in northeast Somalia. "We have sent troops to the Puntland's coastal areas to chase the fugitives and bring them before the justice."

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