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calendar   Tuesday - April 22, 2008

Don’t tell me this is going to be a DAILY column!!

Arrgh, Pirates! Tuesday Edition

Now Somalia has joined the Get The Pirates game? But, but, how, since they usually ARE the pirates?  tongue wink

MOGADISHU, Somalia - Security forces in northern Somalia stormed a hijacked ship carrying food Tuesday, rescuing hostages and arresting seven pirates, officials said. The seizure was the latest in a spate of pirate attacks off the increasingly lawless Somali coast.

The Dubai-flagged ship, called the al-Khaleej, originated from the United Arab Emirates and was seized Monday, said Abdullahi Said Samatar, security affairs minister in Somalia’s semiautonomous Puntland region. It was not immediately clear how many people were on board. Puntland officials announced it had been seized only after the boat was rescued.

“Our forces rescued a small commercial boat hijacked on Monday off the coast of Bossaso town,” Samatar told The Associated Press. “Three were injured in the operation and seven others will be brought to justice.”

Piracy is rampant along Somalia’s 1,880-mile coast, which is the longest in Africa and near key shipping routes connecting the Red Sea with the Indian Ocean

Hmmm. A real rescue of a real hijacking, or just some Show ‘n Tell to get the UN off their backs? Because the UN is about to be on their backs - France and USA are pushing for a big anti-piracy resolution that would enable much stronger and swifter retaliations against pirates. Glad to hear this.

The push by key U.N. Security Council nations to tackle the issue follows an alarming increase in piracy by well-armed bandits, prompting international demands for better protection of the world’s shipping lanes.
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According to a report from the International Maritime Bureau, piracy is on the rise, with seafarers suffering 49 attacks between January and March — up 20 percent from the period last year.

Pirates boarded 36 vessels and hijacked one, the report said. Seven crew members were taken hostage, six were kidnapped, three were killed and one went missing. Most of the attackers were heavily armed with guns or knives, the report said.

Nigeria ranked as the No. 1 trouble spot. India and the Gulf of Aden tied for second, with each reporting five incidents. Nearly two dozen piracy incidents were recorded off the coast of Somalia since January 2007, according to Andrew Mwangura of the Kenya-based Seafarers Assistance Program.

image imageThis is one of the pirates that Somalia is claiming to have captured. I like the rolled up pants leg ... it’s like he’s getting ready to have his wooden leg installed. Aarrgh that one, matey. (does anybody know what the shar’ia punishment for piracy is? One leg, one arm? How about one head, so they can’t even think about being repeat offenders?)


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