Somali pirates abduct 43 sailors

October 18th, 2010 - 7:50 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

somali Seoul, Oct 18 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A statement by South Korea’s foreign ministry on Sunday has confirmed the abduction of one of the country’s fishing vessels with 43-member crew onboard.

The 43 sailors include 2 South Koreans, two Chinese and 39 Kenyans were abducted on October 9 after their boat with a size of 241 tons which was registered in Kenya got attacked by Somali pirates around the coast of the Lamu Island owned by Kenya.

The statement refused to state whether the pirates were demanding any ransom or whether any negotiations had actually began. The statement also refused to give more details about the abduction incident because officials fear it could put the lives of the sailors in more danger.

Reports by the Yonhap news agency located in the South Korean capital indicated that the fishing vessel had been searching specifically for crabs at the location for about 30 days when they suffered the pirate attack. The GPS equipment installed on the ship revealed that the ship was taken to an area north of Somalia where pirates abound before it moved south again.

Pirates abound in Somali waters and they usually kidnap ships for ransom after which the crew are freed.

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