Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Somali pirates seize 2 more ships

"Pirates cannot be keelhauled or forced to walk the plank, nor should they be dumped off the Somali coast. They need to be brought to justice."

NVDL: Pirates of the Indian Ocean - doesn't quite have the same ring to it...
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FILE---Dutch navy Lt. Cmdr Dick Van der Neut, left, discusses with Anton van

SAN'A, Yemen – Somali pirates on Tuesday seized a tugboat operated by the French oil company Total and a Turkish cargo ship, as the U.N. anti-crime agency called for a special maritime police force for the insecure Gulf of Aden coastline.

Somali pirates have seized over 40 vessels off Somalia's 1,880-mile (3,000-kilometer) coastline this year. Before the latest seizures, maritime officials say 14 remained in pirate hands — including a Saudi oil tanker carrying $100 million in crude and a Ukrainian ship loaded with tanks and heavy weapons. Also held are a total of more than 250 crew members.

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