Sanaa: Yemen said on Saturday that Somali pirates
have captured a fishing boat they could use to carry out other
hijackings in sea lanes into the Gulf of Aden.
The pirates seized the Yemeni boat and nine crew near the
island of Socotra as it sailed to Al-Mukalla port, the
interior ministry said on its website without specifying the
date of the incident.
They took the vessel south from the island and not
towards the Somali coast to the west, in a sign they could use
it to attack cargo ships navigating the area, the statement
Heavily armed pirates using speed boats operate in the
Gulf of Aden where they prey on ships, sometimes holding them
for weeks before releasing them for large ransoms paid by
governments or ship-owners.
On May 18, a Yemeni court sentenced six Somali pirates to
death and jailed six others for 10 years each for seizing a
Yemeni oil tanker and killing two cabin crew in April 2009.