UN chief appalled by Somali pirates’ killing of Americans

February 23rd, 2011 - 3:16 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Feb.23 (ANI): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- Moon has expressed dismay and anguish over reported killing of four American hostages by Somali pirates, and has called for extra efforts to tackle criminal elements.

In a press note, he said: “Piracy off the coast of Somalia is unacceptable,”

He welcomed ongoing efforts of the international community to stamp it out and bring the perpetrators to justice.

According to Xinhua, four Americans who were on a sailing trip were hijacked off the Somali coast last week and shot dead by the Somali pirates. (ANI)

Somali military officials, told media that when they boarded the yacht, and they founded all four hostages dead.

Somalia has had no central government since the 1991 civil.

Somalia pirates’ first targets were local dhows and cargo ships, often UN World Food Programme ships delivering food to starving Somalians.

They have now become a big threat to international shipping, boarding vessels with AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades to seek their fortunes.

The pirates have pushed further into the Indian Ocean, making the entire region a “war risk zone” in the eyes of maritime insurers.

Recently, Somalian pirates hijacked the M V Sinin, a Maltese-flagged bulk carrier with 23 crew, including 10 Indians.

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