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Somali pirates seize ship heading for Bangladesh

Somali pirates yesterday captured a Thai bulk carrier with its 27 crew members in the Arabian Sea, a maritime official said.

The Thor Nexus was seized in the early hours while on its way to Bangladesh from the United Arab Emirates. All its crew members are Thai, said Andrew Mwangura of the East African Seafarers Assistance Programme.

Mwangura said the vessel was taken some 350 nautical miles east of Salala port, but the nature of its cargo was still unknown.

According to maritime watchdog Ecoterra International, Somali pirates are currently holding at least 40 foreign vessels and nearly 700 seamen, though the European naval force in the area put it at 25 vessels and 601 hostages.

A statement from the Brussels-based NAVFOR said the 20,377-tonne general cargo ship, which is Thai-flagged and owned, was heading to Bangladesh from Jebel Ali in the United Arab Emirates at the time of the attack, some 450 nautical miles north-east of the island of Socotra in the Indian Ocean.

Despite the presence of foreign warships patrolling the waters off the war-wracked Horn of Africa state, the pirates have continued to seize ships and rake in huge ransoms.

Observers have argued that ending the piracy problem lies in resolving Somalia's protracted civil war which erupted in 1991 with the ouster of president Mohamed Siad Barre.

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Dear World Big shots,

What is the point of all those clown shows in Iraq and Afghanistan, whereas you cannot secure a major ocean route from the inferior barbarians?

Bangladesh and all nations which got interests on that ocean route should establish A NAVAL BASE there to take over those PAID creatures.

Piracy is a problem but cannot go beyond control of the world superpowers. Ruthless counter / offensive IS BOUND TO END PIRACY PROBLEM FOREVER.

Unless, it's an intentional problem, carefully kept and upheld.

: SNH

This problem should be solved internationally. The affected countries should get meeting together with Somalia government to find permanent solution.

: afreen

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  • Abon
    Sunday, December 26, 2010 11:37 AM GMT+06:00 (200 weeks ago)

    Naval Force should be established there and these Somali barbarians should be punished.


 

 


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