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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2017 9:55 p.m. PST

,,, For The First Time In Five Years

"Somalia Pirates off the coast of Somalia have seized an oil tanker with eight Sri Lankans on board, in what was believed to be the first hijacking of a large commercial vessel in the region since 2012, officials said on Tuesday.

The merchant ship was intercepted while en route to Mogadishu, the Somali capital, from Djibouti, and was diverted toward Alula, a port in the semiautonomous Puntland region in northeastern Somalia, Ali Shire Mohamud Osman, the district commissioner in Alula, said in a telephone interview.

The ship's crew sent a distress signal on Monday evening, saying the vessel was being approached by high-speed boats.

Abdikamil Moalin Shukri, a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior and Security, said the agency was awaiting more details…."
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Defender1 Inactive Member15 Mar 2017 8:40 a.m. PST

Someone call the Expendables.

teboj1715 Mar 2017 9:28 a.m. PST

"according to John Steed, a retired British Army colonel who is now the Horn of Africa regional manager for Oceans Beyond Piracy, a program based in Colorado that works to combat piracy."

Could they be located any further away from pirates?

SouthernPhantom15 Mar 2017 9:46 a.m. PST

Call the Russians. They know what to do.

28mm Fanatik15 Mar 2017 10:12 a.m. PST


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2017 10:14 a.m. PST



Oberlindes Sol LIC15 Mar 2017 8:07 p.m. PST

John Steed is still active? I would have thought he retired in the 1980s.


Oberlindes Sol LIC17 Mar 2017 2:30 p.m. PST

The BBC news on the radio had a piece about this last night, including a short interview with Col. Steed, who still sounds a lot like he did when he working with Mrs. Peel, even though he must be in his 80s or 90s.

It turns out that the ship was engaging in illegal fishing, destroying the livelihoods of the local fishermen. The fishermen hijacked the ship to draw attention to the problem. They didn't ask for ransom. So they should be described as vigilantes, rather than pirates. I'm surprised that they didn't just put the crew on lifeboats and sink the ship.

The crew of the ship are victims, too, forced to work around the clock, beaten, given inadequate to no food, and paid a tiny fraction of the amount promised by their recruiters.

Charlie 1217 Mar 2017 7:45 p.m. PST

And here we have an inflammatory headline (thank you, Tango…) that conveniently ignores the real situation.

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