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Pirates Seize 2 More Vessels Near Somalia

Issue 340
Front Page
News Headlines
Pirates Threaten Starving Somalis' Last Lifeline
Islamic Courts Reject Kismayo Administration
Local and Regional Affairs
Somaliland Representatives To Take Part In Workshop For African Parliaments
Somaliland Seeking Security Ties With Western Nations
Pirates Seize 2 More Vessels Near Somalia
French Commandos Free Hostages From Puntland Pirates
CPJ To Honor Five International Journalists
Islamists Threaten To Shut Down Mogadishu Airport
Industry Loses Patience Over Pirates
JBS Swift Fires 100 Wildcat Striking Muslim Meatpackers In Colorado
US Should Join France And Somaliland In Combating Piracy
Special Reports
Country's Technology growth status

International News

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Italy 's Prodi To Head Panel On Africa Peacekeeping
Milk off shelves as China 's safety scandal grows
Features & Commentry
Shelterbox Offers Hope When Disaster Strikes
Gender Inequality Shackles African Economies
Global Maternal Mortality Crisis Unnoticed
Somalis Under Attack With No Place To Hide
Djibouti : Building Brand Bin Laden
Somalia 's Struggle For Self-Determination


The Gulf Of Aden A Deathtrap For Somali Asylum Seekers
Fall of Kismayo, TGS in Addis Ababa , Crumbling ARS and Puntland: Somalia under Spotlight
Three Little Mice With A Heavenly Cheesecake
Are Women In Somaliland For The Kitchen And Household Chores Only?


Nairobi , September 18, 2008 Maritime officials say pirates have seized two more ships as they were navigating through the waters near Somalia .

The chief of the International Maritime Bureau in Kuala Lumpur Noel Choong said pirates hijacked a Greek carrier, the "Centauri," south of Mogadishu Thursday. The ship was headed to Kenya with a crew of 25.

A Kenyan maritime official, Andrew Mwangura, said pirates also seized a ship from Hong Kong early Thursday.

He said that ship, the "Great Creation," was on its way to India from Tunisia when captured off the Somali coast. The vessel also has a crew of 25.

Officials say both ships are being taken towards Eyl, a pirate's lair on the Somali coast.

Somali pirates are now believed to be holding more than a dozen ships and their crews hostage.

Earlier this week, French President Nicholas Sarkozy called for stronger international action to stop the pirates. With the two latest hijackings, 56 vessels have been attacked off the coast of Somalia this year.

The Somali government is fighting an Islamist insurgency and lacks the power or resources to stop the hijackings.

An international naval force patrolling the Somali coast has had little impact on the pirates' activities.

Spain says it is sending a military aircraft to Somalia to guard against further hijackings. The plane will relay any information it gathers to a European Union task force created to deal with the issue.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

Source: VOA, Sept 18, 2008


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