Somali pirates hijack Malaysian flagged ship
Sri Lankans among crew:
A Malaysian flagged ship with a 23 member crew including Sri Lankans
have been hijacked by the Somali pirates. The MV Albedo container vessel
was en route to Kenya from the United Arab Emirates when it was hijacked
about 900 nautical miles east of the Somali coast.
Other nationalities on the hijacked ship are Pakistanis, Iranians,
and Bangladeshis. Ecoterra International, an environmental group
monitoring maritime activities in the West Asian region and the
International Maritime Bureau Piracy Reporting Centre in Kuala Lumpur
have confirmed the ship is being commandeered towards central Somalia.
Head of the International Maritime Bureau Piracy Reporting Centre
Noel Choong has said that the pirates now held 23 vessels and 531
hostages, and has expressed concern over the long-range attack on the
ship by Somali pirates.
He has warned that it will not be easy to eradicate the pirates, and
piracy off Somali waters will flourish. In 2008 Somali pirates hijacked
two Malaysian-owned ships, which were released after payment of a