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[28 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]
Somali Pirates Demand $20 Million Ransom

As a heavily armed U.S. destroyer patrolled nearby and planes flew overhead Sunday, a Somali pirate spokesman said his group was demanding a $20 million ransom to release a cargo ship loaded with Russian tanks.
The spokesman also warned that the pirates would fight to the death if any country tried military action to regain the ship, and a man who said he was the ship’s captain reported that one crew member had died.
Pirates seized the Ukrainian-operated ship Faina off the coast of Somalia on Thursday as it headed to Kenya …

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[26 Sep 2008 | One Comment | ]
Pirates of Somalia Pirates Tanks

Russia’s navy ordered a warship to Somalia’s coast, officials said Friday, after pirates seized a Ukrainian vessel loaded with 33 tanks, ammunition, and Russian and Ukrainian crew members.
Russian navy spokesman Capt. Igor Dygalo said in a statement that the frigate Neustrashimy left the Russia’s Baltic port of Baltiisk on Wednesday. The statement did not specifically mention the seizure on Thursday of the Ukrainian ship.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Yury Yekhanurov said that the ship, the Faina, was carrying 33 Russian T-72 tanks and a substantial quantity of ammunition and spare parts. Yekhanurov …