Somali pirates - The ruling menace at the Somalian coastsApril 8th, 2009 - 11:18 pm ICT by GD
The Somali pirates are one of the most disgusting modern day criminals. They cause harm to civilization in such a way that it has become hard to believe that the world is actually getting modernized.
The most recent victim of Somali pirates was the U.S.-flagged cargo ship that was heading towards the coast of Somali. The crew consisted of 20 all- American crew members who were routinely working under contract to the Department of Defense.
As in most cases it still remained unclear as to who hijacked the vessel and there were no demands for ransom. The fact is quite shocking but it is true that over the last three years, Somali pirates have typically anchored hijacked vessels off the coast and negotiated ransoms of from $1 million to $3 million.
United States of America has taken many steps along with a few other nations and has been patrolling the region since late last year, in an attempt to fill the security lapses left by Somalia’s weak transitional government. It has been almost two decades since last functioning government was toppled in 1991. When the vessel was attacked today the closet U.S. warship was 300 miles away and unable to respond to the SOS calls.
Unless stricter actions are taken it is almost impossible to fight back the Somali pirates menace effectively. It will be quite interesting to know the fact that after a stable situation for sometime in the past few months, the pirate attacks have surged again in the last week, moving from the Gulf of Aden to deep in the Indian Ocean.
- Indian Navy warship deployed near Somali coast to free sailors - Apr 19, 2011
- Somali pirates release Taiwanese vessel after nearly a year - Jan 28, 2011
- Somali pirates release Bulgarian-flagged chemical product tanker after four months - Sep 09, 2010
- Pirates seize Indian vessel with 14 crew off Oman (Lead) - Jan 12, 2011
- U.S. Marines retake hijacked German-owned vessel off the coast of Somalia - Sep 09, 2010
- No ship under Indian Navy's escort hijacked in Gulf of Aden since Oct 2008 - Apr 13, 2010
- Tenth Somali pirate pleads guilty in pirate attack that left 4 Americans killed - May 27, 2011
- Navy thwarts pirate attack on two cargo ships - Sep 26, 2011
- Indian cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates off Oman - Jan 12, 2011
- German-owned vessel released from pirate control released - Apr 14, 2011
- Indian dhows sail to Somalia for commercial considerations: navy - Apr 13, 2010
- Somali pirates release Greek ship, then hijack another - Jan 17, 2011
- Italian ship with six Indians onboard hijacked - Oct 11, 2011
- Without UN effort, piracy elimination difficult: India - Jun 27, 2011
- Hostage crisis: Navy rushes warship to Somali coast - Apr 18, 2011
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