Pirates hijacked an Indian commercial ship off the coast of Somalia and the vessel is heading toward the shore, a former government anti-piracy official said.
Abdirizak Dirir, a former director of the anti-piracy agency in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region, told Reuters on Monday.
“We understand Somali pirates hijacked a commercial Indian ship and (it is heading) towards Somalia shores,’’ he said
On March 15, armed pirates off the coast of Somalia hijacked an oil tanker with eight Sri Lankan crew on board, demanding a ransom for the release of the vessel.
On March 16, the pirates released the tanker without condition.
In the prime of the crisis in 2011, there were 237 attacks and the annual cost of piracy was estimated to be up to eight billion euros.
However, some smaller fishing vessels have recently been seized in the area