Somali Pirates Step Up Attacks – Seize Danish Ship with American Crew

April 8, 2009

(ChattahBox) — After a lull earlier this year, Somali pirates have gone on a tear most recently hijacking a Danish-owned container ship with a 21-strong American crew on board, officials say. The US-operated vessel, Maersk Alabama, was seized in the Indian Ocean about 400 miles east of the capital, Mogadishu.

Somali pirates have seized six vessels within a week and 15 ships in the past month, a large increase on the two taken in January and February. Most of last year’s 120-plus pirate attacks were centered on the relatively narrow Gulf of Aden, a strategic waterway between Yemen and Somalia at the mouth of the Red Sea. That is where a taskforce, consisting of six ships and two planes, among almost a dozen anti-piracy patrols are too, and several recent attacks on merchant vessels have been thwarted. But the pirates are adapting, going farther out to sea. On Saturday, a German freighter was hijacked about 400 miles offshore, between Kenya and the Seychelles .


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  3. US Crew Takes Ship Back From Somali Pirates in Indian Ocean : ChattahBox on April 8th, 2009 2:49 pm

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