Somali Pirates Strike Again

They've reportedly hijacked first commercial ship since 2012
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 14, 2017 6:03 AM CDT
Somali Pirates Strike Again
A masked and armed Somali pirate stands near a Taiwanese fishing vessel in 2012.   (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File)

Somali pirates have reportedly hijacked an oil tanker, marking the first such taking of a commercial ship since 2012. The Aris 13 reported being followed by two skiffs—including one carrying armed men—while carrying fuel from Djibouti to Mogadishu on Sunday, a rep for Oceans Beyond Piracy tells Fox News. It then issued a distress call Monday shortly before its tracking system was turned off, reports Reuters. A local official says pirates directed the ship toward the Somali port town of Alula where other pirates were waiting. The fate of its eight crew members is not known. (More pirates stories.)

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