Somali Pirates took 11 crew members hostage from hijacked Indian cargo ship

April 11 2017

Somali security forces rescued a hijacked Indian cargo dhow on Monday, but pirates took the 11-member crew with them when they fled to land, authorities said.

The Al Kausar vessel was seized earlier this month, part of a sudden string of attacks by Somali pirates after years without a reported incident.

"We attacked the Indian ship and rescued it but the pirates took awaythe 11 crew. We rescued two crew and they went with nine crew into the hilly areas between El Hur and Hardheere," Mohamed Hashi Arabey, vice president of Galmudug state, told Reuters.

Galmudug is a federal state within the Horn of Africa country that operates its own security forces. The two crew were in a car that the pirates had to abandon after they were chased, Galmudug's vice presidentsaid.

Pirates told Reuters they would keep the crew to use as bargaining chips for the freedom of pirates jailed in India.

Residents of the Somali coastline say piracy has resumed after local authorities issued permits for foreign fishing vessels to fish in Somaliwaters. They say the foreign vessels have cut nets belonging to locals and run down small boats.

Somali Pirates took 11 crew members hostage from hijacked Indian cargo ship

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