5 Somali pirates drown with ransom share

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    My Way News - 5 Somali pirates drown with ransom share

    Jan 10, 10:11 AM (ET)

    By MOHAMED OLAD HASSAN

    (AP) The MV Sirius Star is observed at anchor, in this U.S. Navy photo, Friday, Jan 9, 2009, following...

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - Five of the Somali pirates who released a hijacked oil-laden Saudi supertanker drowned with their share of a reported $3 million ransom after their small boat capsized, a pirate and a relative of one of the dead men said Saturday.

    Pirate Daud Nure said the boat with eight people on board overturned in a storm after dozens of pirates left the Sirius Star following a two-month standoff in the Gulf of Aden that ended Friday.

    He said five people died and three people reached shore after swimming for several hours. Daud Nure was not part of the pirate operation but knew those involved.

    Abukar Haji, the uncle of one of the dead men, said the deaths were an accident.

    "The boat the pirates were traveling in capsized because it was running at high speed because the pirates were afraid of an attack from the warships patrolling around," he said.

    "There has been human and monetary loss but what makes us feel sad is that we don't still have the dead bodies of our relatives. Four are still missing and one washed up on the shore."

    Saudi Arabian oil minister Ali Naimi said Saturday that the crew of the Sirius Star was safe and that the tanker had left Somali territorial waters and was on its way home.

    A Saudi Oil Ministry official said the ship was headed for Dammam, on Saudi Arabia's Gulf coast, but gave no estimated time of arrival. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

    The Liberian-flagged ship is owned by Vela International Marine Ltd., a subsidiary of Saudi oil company Aramco. A spokesman for the Dubai-based Vela, Mihir Sapru, would not provide details of the ship's destination or plans once in port.

    "We are very relieved to know that all the crew members are safe and I am glad to say that they are all in good health and high spirits," said a statement by Saleh K'aki, president and CEO of Vela. "Throughout this ordeal, our sole objective was the safe and timely release of the crew. That has been achieved today."

    U.S. Navy photos released Friday showed a parachute, carrying what was described as "an apparent payment," floating toward the tanker. The Sirius Star and its 25-member crew had been held since Nov. 15. Its cargo of crude oil was valued at US$100 million at the time.

    The capture was seen as a dramatic demonstration of the pirates' ability to strike high-value targets hundreds of miles offshore.

    On the same day the Saudi ship was freed, pirates released a captured Iranian-chartered cargo ship, Iran's state television reported Saturday. The ship Delight was carrying 36 tons of wheat when it was attacked in the Gulf of Aden Nov. 18 and seized by pirates. All 25 crew are in good health and the vessel is sailing toward Iran, the TV report said.

    The pirate-infested Gulf of Aden is one of the world's busiest shipping routes.

    The U.S. Navy announced this week it will head a new anti-piracy task force after more than 100 ships were attacked last year. NATO and the European Union already have warships patrolling the Gulf of Aden and have intervened to prevent several ships from being captured.

    More than a dozen ships with about 300 crew members are still being held by pirates off the coast of Somalia, including the weapons-laden Ukrainian cargo ship MV Faina, which was seized in September.

    The multimillion dollar ransoms are one of the few ways to earn a living in the impoverished, war-ravaged country. Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991 and nearly half of its population depends on aid.
     
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    Glad they got theirs freakin eeffers:twisted: :twisted:
     
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    Heh...wonder if the boat was somehow "persuaded" to capsize.
     
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    I hope the missing bodies turned into good shark food.
     
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    Well, I would say the got what they deserved....
     
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    Well deserved!

    ****ing idiots! :lol:
     
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    I only have one thing to say: Karma.
     
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    Karma's a bitch eh? :evil4:
     
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    That it is Gnomey, that it is.
     
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    I don't see why an AVG type operation can't cooperate with the government of Kenya to run pirate interdiction missions.
     
  11. lesofprimus

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    Since I spent some time in Somolia, I can tell u this:

    The Tiger Sharks ate good... They wont be finding any scraps...

    Did someone say something about irony???
     
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    Can I ask Dan when you were in Somalia, were you attached to the military. Is it as chaotic as "Blackhawk Down" would have people believe?

    I know virtually nothing about the place, but it is starting to look like another running sore on the world
     
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    It may be the worst place in Africa, it's right there with the Congo for crazy.
     
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    Poetic justice has been served. I'm not sure how well the sharks ate, Dan. You know how those "skinnies" are.
     
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