- Title: SOMALIA: Somali pirates are arrested after hijacking a Dubai-flagged ship
- Date: 22nd April 2008
- Summary: (W3) BOSASO, SOMALIA (APRIL 22, 2008) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF SHIP COMING INTO DOCK SOMALI SECURITY PERSONNEL ON BOARD SHIP VARIOUS OF PIRATES DISEMBARKING FROM SHIP INJURED PIRATE DISEMBARKING FROM SHIP PIRATES DETAINED IN SECURITY VAN PIRATES' BOAT BEING UNLOADED BY SOMALI SECURITY OFFICIALS PIRATES' WEAPONS DISPLAYED ON GROUND SOMALI SECURITY PERSONNEL AT THE PORT PIRATES' BOAT MOORED IN HARBOUR
- Embargoed: 7th May 2008 13:00
- Location: Somalia
- Country: Somalia
- Reuters ID: LVAA1JT6DO80LIYA4XGJGFAYXWC1
- Story Text: Somali troops stormed a Dubai-flagged ship on Tuesday (April 22) that had been hijacked by pirates in the waters off Somalia, releasing its crew and arresting the seven pirates holding it.
The Al-Khaleej had been carrying food for sale in Somalia when it was raided by pirates seven km (four miles) off Bosaso on Monday (April 21).
This is the second dramatic rescue mission to deter piracy in the lawless country this month, following the French commando swoop on six pirates in the same vicinity on April 11.
Seven pirates in chains, three of them bleeding, were escorted by police to a waiting van and driven under tight security from the port of Bosaso in Puntland.
Speaking at the same venue minutes after the arrested pirates were taken away, Puntland security minister Abdullahi Said Samatar said the seven pirates will face the death penalty in accordance with Puntland's piracy laws.
He said 110 Puntland security personnel had stormed the ship and that one of them was wounded by the pirates.
There has been a recent surge in hijackings for ransom in these waters, some of the world's most dangerous shipping zones in the world.
Over the weekend, pirates seized a Spanish tuna fishing vessel with 26 people aboard.
Somali officials also said they have sent troops to free the Spanish boat held near Garad, which lies in Puntland waters in the Indian Ocean.
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