A Nato warship has captured a suspected pirate mother ship off Somalia, Nato's counter-piracy mission has said.It said Denmark's warship fired warning shots on Saturday, forcing the vessel to stop and its crew to surrender.Sixteen suspected pirates on board were then held and a weapons cache seized. Two Yemeni hostages were also freed. "These ships provide the pirates with a floating base. They pose a great threat to the merchant shipping," the chief officer of the Danish warship said."We have now eliminated one of these threats," Commander Haumann of HDMS Esbern Snare warship said.The Nato mission said the incident happened on Saturday morning, when the warship came across a suspicious vessel with two skiffs on deck.It said it believed the fishing vessel had been hijacked.The Nato mission - alongside with the EU's naval force - has been escorting merchant ships in the Gulf of Aden since 2008. Earlier this week, the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (Intertanko) said Somali pirates were now using at least 20 seized vessels as mother ships to launch attacks in the region.Somali pirates have made millions of dollars in recent years by capturing cargo vessels in the shipping lanes around the Horn of Africa and holding the ships and crew for ransom.Somalia has had no functioning central government since 1991, allowing piracy to flourish off its coast.bbc
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Somali pirates hijacked a ship with 23 crew, and a Danish warship freed a hijacked Yemeni fishing vessel that had been held for nearly a year, maritime authorities said Sunday.
The Maltese-flagged bulk carrier MV Sinin had 13 Iranians and 10 Indians onboard when it came under attack Saturday, the European Union Naval Force said. The ship subsequently lost communications and a maritime patrol aircraft photographed two skiffs onboard the vessel. The MV Sinin was taken about 350 miles (560 kilometers) east of Masirah in Oman.In a separate incident, a Danish warship freed a hijacked fishing vessel and arrested 16 suspected Somali pirates, NATO said.The HDMS Esbern Snare stopped a suspicious vessel with two skiffs on deck. The warship fired warning shots and sent a boarding party to the hijacked Yemeni vessel.NATO said there were 16 suspected pirates and two Yemeni hostages onboard. The original fishing crew of nine people had been held for a year but most of them had been released.Sometimes owners of small vessels without insurance are unable to raise the ransoms demanded by the pirates.Somalia has not had a functioning government in two decades, and piracy has flourished off its coast. Somali pirates hijack ship with 23 crew members
Somali pirates face gallows in Malaysia
Seven Somali hijackers, including three minors, face a possible death sentence under Malaysian law for attempting to hijack a Malaysian vessel in the Gulf of Aden. They were produced before a magistrate's court in Kuala Lumpur and charged with discharging their firearms at Malaysian commandos. The offence, under Section 3 of the Firearms Act (Increased Penalties) 1971, carries the death penalty.The charge against them was read out by a Somali student from the University Utara Malaysia.In bringing them here after rescuing the vessel and booking them, Malaysia is following in the steps of the US, Germany and the Netherlands which have charged foreign pirates who attacked their vessels in international waters.The pirates were identified as Ahmed Othman Jamal (25) Abdil Eid Hasan (20) Koore Mohamed Abdile (18), and Abdi Hakim Mohd Abdi (18). The names of three 15-year-old juveniles were not announced.
No plea was recorded from the seven who were unrepresented.
Deputy public prosecutor Mohamad Abazafree Mohammed Abas submitted to the court a signed certificate by Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail, which declared that the case could be tried here, as the offence was committed against Malaysian citizens.Magistrate Siti Shakirah Mohtarudin set March 15 for mention to allow the court to appoint a Somali interpreter and transfer the case to the high court for trial.The seven Somalis accused were alleged to have boarded the MT Bunga Laurel armed with guns, with the intention to hijack the tanker. On board were 23 Filipino crew members. The tanker, laden with lubricating oil and ethylene dichloride, was on its way to Singapore when the pirates struck.Commandos from a Royal Malaysian Navy auxiliary ship stormed the tanker and a shootout ensued between the pirates and the commandos. The commandos overpowered the pirates and brought them here to face trial.Malaysia is not the only country to prosecute Somali pirates. Last November, a court in Virginia, United States, sentenced Jama Idle Ibrahim to 30 years' jail for his role in an attack on a US navy vessel.In the same month, a Virginia jury also sentenced five Somalis to life imprisonment for their roles in the attack on the US frigate.Also last November, 10 Somalis were charged in Germany's first piracy trial in 400 years for hijacking a Hamburg-registered ship in the Gulf of Aden. Last year, in June, five Somali pirates were jailed for five years by the Netherlands for attacking a cargo ship in the Gulf of Aden -- the first conviction of its kind in Europe