Somali pirates grow bolder in attacks on shipping
Piracy on the high seas is on the upswing, and the stakes are higher than ever. In November, several hundred miles off Kenya, pirates boarded the Saudi-registered tanker Sirius Star and forced its surrender by firing on the bridge. The Star, with $110 million in oil and a 25-member crew, was held until early January, when the ship’s owners paid a ransom estimated at $3-4 million. (Five pirates later drowned when their speedboat, loaded with $300,000 of the ransom money, capsized while ...
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