Pirates Abduct 43 Sailors; Holding Them for Ransom

October 18th, 2010 - 9:51 pm ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

somali Oct 18 (THAINDIAN NEWS) According to a report from FOX News, Pirates from Somali have hijacked a fishing boat which was operating out of South Korea, and kidnapped forty three of the sailors, holding them for ransom.

Among the hostages are two South Korean fishermen, and two Chinese, with the rest believed to be Kenyan. They were working aboard the 241 tom trawler, which was registered in Kenya, when they were attacked on October 9, 2010. The ship was seized in the ocean off of the Lamu Island of Kenya, according to the South Korean Foreign Ministry.

A report from the Associated Press reveals that there could be a very long wait for these hostages, since a South Korean oil tanker which which was hijacked in April had 24 crew members taken and they have yet to be released. On the bright side, the report adds, “Hostages are rarely hurt and usually freed after a ransom is paid. Somalia, which has had no functioning government since 1991, is the world’s top piracy hot spot, with armed gangs seizing cargo and holding crew for ransom.”

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