Somali Pirates Abduct South Korean Ship With 43 Sailors On Board

October 18th, 2010 - 7:01 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
somaliSeoul, Oct 18, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Somali pirates have hijacked a South Korean fishing vessels earlier this month along the waters of Kenya’s Lamu Island. Reports of the hijacking has been confirmed by the foreign ministry of South Korea although it still remains unclear whether negotiations have been initiated with the pirates in this regard and whether any demands of ransom has been placed as yet.

In a statement that has been issued by South Korea’s foreign ministry, it has been divulged that the vessels that has been abducted on October 9, had 43 sailors on board with 39 Kenyans, two South Korean nationals as well as two Chinese citizens. The statement further read that a thorough investigation has been undertaken in the matter and an emergency team has been established at the South Korean embassy in Kenya to carry out the probe. In the meanwhile, reports in the South Korean media point out that following the hijack, the crab fishing vessel is believed to have been moved to northern part of Somalia which is known to be a stronghold of the pirates. However, South Korean authorities have refused to shed any light into the intrinsic details of the hijacking emphasizing that it might compromise the safety of the abducted sailors.

It has been reported that the area from where the crab fishing vessel was kidnapped by the Somali pirates is considered to be comparatively safe as it is at a distance of 250 away from the nearest base of pirates while the South Korean navy is known to patrol the area on a regular basis.

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