Somali pirates seize fishing boat for hijackings: Yemen
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Last Updated: Saturday, May 29, 2010, 10:16
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 added.

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.


First Published: Saturday, May 29, 2010, 10:16

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