Friday, November 11, 2005

Pirates Seize Thai Ship & Crew Off Somalia

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) is reporting the hijack of a Thai-registered merchant ship off Somalia. The 26 crew, mostly Thai, are being held for ransom. The vessel was reportedly carrying sugar from Brazil to Yemen when the hijackers seized teh ship northeast of the Somali capital Mogadishu. It is the same area where hijackers or terrorists attacked a cruise ship last week, firing rocket propelled grenades before the ship managed to outrun the pirates. The United Nations has already urged regional powers to intervene against the threat.

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