Somali pirates who have been holding a hijacked ship for nearly two years killed a Syrian hostage crew member and wounded another to protest delayed ransom payment, a pirate leader said.Report on 2010 capture of MV Orna here.
This is believed to be the first time Somali pirates have killed a hostage because of a delay in ransom.
Hassan Abdi, a pirate commander in Haradhere town, a key pirate centre, said Friday that the killing on Wednesday was a message to the owners of the ship MV Orna that was hijacked off Seychelles in 2010.
"The killing was a message to the owners of the ship who paid no heed to our ransom demands," Abdi said by telephone.
"More killings will follow if they continue to lie to us — we have lost patience with them. Two years is enough," he said angrily.
The MV Orna is a Panama-flagged, bulk cargo vessel owned by a company in the United Arab Emirates.
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Saturday, September 01, 2012
Somali Pirates: Kill Hostage to Demand Faster Ransom Payment
"Pirate boss: Somali pirates kill Syrian hostage and wound another over delayed ransom payment""
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