19 Nov 2008

The Pirates of Somalia

This pirate group, called the Central Regional Coast Guard, was formed three years ago, has 350 men in its ranks and about 100 speedboats. More pictures on guardian.co.uk

Gallery Somali pirates: Pirates Of Somalia

Somali pirates have struck again in the Gulf of Aden, hijacking another ship a day after seizing a Saudi oil supertanker with a cargo worth $100m.

The Delight, a Hong Kong-registered vessel carrying 33,000 tonnes of wheat, was sailing to Iran with 25 crew members when it was seized, Chinese state news agency Xinhua said.

A spokesman for the US Navy's Fifth Fleet in the Gulf confirmed on Tuesday that the Delight had been hijacked.

Al Jazeera, also see 'Toxic waste' behind Somali piracy’

Somali pirates have accused European firms of dumping toxic waste off the Somali coast and are demanding an $8m ransom for the return of a Ukranian ship they captured, saying the money will go towards cleaning up the waste.