And the pirates want ransom for their captives and booty.
"It's déjà vu all over again." I've written about the Barbary pirates before. Follow the links if you're interested.
In the news:
- "Pirates lower ransom demand to $5 million"
CNN (September 27, 2008)
- "US destroyer watching hijacked ship off Somalia"
Associated Press (September 27, 2008)
- "MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A U.S. destroyer [USS Howard] off the coast of Somalia closed in Saturday on a hijacked Ukrainian ship loaded with tanks and ammunition, watching it to ensure the pirates who seized it do not try to remove any cargo or crew...."
- "Somali pirates demand 19 million pound ransom"
International Herald Tribune (September 27, 2008)
- "Pirates Seek $35 Million for Ship"
The New York Times (September 27, 2008)
- "NAIROBI, Kenya —Pirates in a hijacked ship carrying more than 30 battle tanks were anchored off the coast of Somalia near a notorious pirate den on Saturday, and they vowed not to release the ship until a $35 million ransom was paid, Somali and Kenyan officials said...."
- "Report: Pirates holding Ukrainian ship want $35 million"
Kyiv Post (September 26, 2008)
Update (October 7, 2008)
This particular example of Somali piracy is still in the news. I'm planning another post, soon.
Meanwhile, I received a comment which starts with "It is not necessary to lie!"
So, a little clarification: The tanks were, apparently, manufactured in Russia, sold by a Ukrainian entity, and were to be received by the Kenyan government.
And, before someone assumes that I'm accusing the Somali government of piracy: The Somali pirates are, to all indications, acting independently of, and in defiance of the government of Somalia. I do not believe that the Somali leader(s) are complicit in this piracy. In fact, it sounds like Transitional Federal President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, Prime Minister Nur "Adde" Hassan Hussein and the rest of the Mogadishu government, would be only too happy for the pirates to stop giving Somalia a bad name.