Somali pirates hijack Yemeni ship in the Arabian SeaJanuary 3rd, 2009 - 8:30 pm ICT by IANS
Sana’a, Jan 3 (DPA) Somali pirates hijacked a Yemeni tanker carrying more than 2,000 tonnes of diesel in the Arabian Sea Saturday, Yemen’s defence ministry said.The ship was en route from the Gulf of Aden to the southeastern port of Nashtoon when the pirates attacked it and diverted it to the Somali coast, the ministry said in a brief statement posted on its website.
“Yemeni authorities are conducting contacts to secure the release of the hijacked ship,” it said.
No further details on the ship or its crew were immediately available.
The hijack took place two days after Somali pirates released a Yemeni fishing vessel they had held for more than two weeks. The ship was hijacked along with another fishing vessel in the Gulf of Aden Dec 10.
The other ship was released Dec 27, and Yemeni officials said that no ransom was paid for the ship’s release.
Brigadier General Ali Rasea’a, commander of Yemen’s coastguard force, said in remarks published Friday that the motive behind the hijacking of the two vessels was not ransom.
“The pirates intended to use the ships as mother ships for their attacks on merchant ships crossing the Gulf of Aden,” he said.
The Gulf of Aden, one of the world’s busiest waterways, remains a hotspot for pirate activities despite increased calls for joint security patrols in the troubled waters. Nearly 20,000 ships pass through the Gulf of Aden each year on their way to and from the Suez Canal.
In 2008, 112 ships were reported to have been attacked by pirates and 42 hijacked. Fourteen of the hijacked vessels and more than 240 crew members are still being held by pirates.
- Freed merchant vessel crew safely proceeding to Oman: Government - Jun 15, 2011
- Italian ship with six Indians onboard hijacked - Oct 11, 2011
- Yemeni forces kill two Somali pirates - Apr 26, 2009
- Indian Navy abandons escort of freed vessel (Lead) - Jun 16, 2011
- Ship unresponsive, Indian Navy calls off escort (Second Lead) - Jun 16, 2011
- Fresh pirate attack on freed vessel, India rushes warship (Second Lead) - Jun 15, 2011
- Six Somali pirates get death sentence in Yemen - May 18, 2010
- Freed Indian sailors reach Delhi, thank Pakistan (Lead) - Jun 24, 2011
- Indian government did not contact us: Sailor's family - Jun 24, 2011
- NATO task force frees Italian ship seized by pirates - Oct 12, 2011
- Opposition attacks government over sailors hostage crisis - Mar 09, 2011
- Pakistan to seek UN help in hijacked crewmen release - Aug 27, 2010
- 'Fresh piracy attempt on freed merchant ship, crew safe' (Lead) - Jun 15, 2011
- Somali pirates release Bulgarian-flagged chemical product tanker after four months - Sep 09, 2010
- Beijing denies reports of Somali hijacking of Chinese-flagged commercial ship - Feb 06, 2011