More on the “dumbest pirates ever“:
Brandishing a rocket-propelled grenade and several Kalashnikov rifles, (the pirates) rushed alongside, threw a grappling hook and tried to lash a ladder to the Sunshine’s side. They hoped to scale the gunwales and seize the bridge.
Their plans unraveled immediately. As the Sunshine radioed for help, and tried [...]
The BBC hosts one for Somali pirates who killed four unarmed American mariners: Somali pirates face hell in US prison system
Two Somali pirates are expected to be sentenced to life in US prison on Monday, joining nine others who have just begun long sentences for their roles in hijacking attempts. What’s in store [...]
The WSJ reports that three of the Somali pirates most closely involved in the murder of yachtsmen in the S/V Quest incident off the coast of Somalia will face death penalty charges:
The three were captured in February shortly after allegedly gunning down the Americans aboard their yacht. Previously, the men had been charged [...]
With all deference and respect to Admiral “Rat” Willard, Commander, US Pacific Command, we’ve got the “been there/done that” t-shirt:
A top U.S. commander Wednesday said piracy in Somalia can only be defeated if the international community helps restore governance in the poor, lawless African country.
That didn’t go so well, last time around, [...]
A US Navy helicopter crew fired on a Somali skiff engaged in piracy, apparently killing all four pirates:
The interdiction took place at 10:35 a.m. local time. The Norfolk, Va.-based Bulkeley, assigned to Joint Task Force 150, had received a mayday call from the German-owned, Panamanian-flagged crude carrier Artemis Glory, which said it was [...]
Something appears to have changed in the waters off Somalia:
Somali pirates and a foreign warship clashed off the coast of the town of Hobyo in central Somalia, killing at least three of pirates and wounding four others, witnesses said Saturday.
Hassan Ilka-asse, a a fisherman in the coastal town of Hobyo told AHN [...]
Or sheer chutzpah:
One of the suspects in the pirate attack that led to the killings of four Americans says he was kicked and stomped by Navy crew members after his capture.
Mahdi Jama Mohamed said in a new court filing that his injuries were so severe that he needed stitches to close a [...]
Navy foiled an attempted piracy event in the Arabian Sea yesterday:
The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise and guided missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf, which were conducting operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, received a distress call at about 10:30 a.m. local time Thursday from the Falcon Trader II, a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel. It [...]
The Somali pirates are reacting to market pressures:
Somali pirates said on Sunday they would lower some of their ransom demands to get a faster turnover of ships they hijack in the Indian Ocean.
Armed pirate gangs, who have made millions of dollars capturing ships as far south as the Seychelles and eastwards towards [...]
False, it turns out, in the case of Somali pirates:
U.S. negotiators told pirates holding four American hostages off the coast of Somalia that they would not be allowed to go ashore with their captives, U.S. officials said, one of several moves that increased pressure on the pirates before the hostages were killed Tuesday.