Somali security forces capture 10 pirates in stand-off

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In this photo taken Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, masked Somali pirate Hassan stands near a Taiwanese fishing vessel that washed up on shore after the pirates were paid a ransom and released the crew, in the once-bustling pirate den of Hobyo, Somalia. The empty whisky bottles and overturned, sand-filled skiffs that litter this shoreline are signs that the heyday of Somali piracy may be over – most of the prostitutes are gone, the luxury cars repossessed, and pirates talk more about catching lobsters than seizing cargo ships.AP/Farah Abdi Warsameh

Somali forces, on Tuesday, captured 10 pirates in a who hijacked an Indian cargo ship on April 1.

Officials said the forces also who surrounded the pirates holding hostages taken from an Indian ship, secured the surrender of 10 and enlisted the parents of the other three to persuade them to give up.

Regional security forces rescued the Indian cargo dhow Al Kausar on Monday but pirates who seized it earlier this month escaped beforehand with nine crew members as bargaining chips to try to force the release of pirates jailed in India.

Mayor of Galkayo in Somalia’s Galmudug State, Hirsi Barre, said 10 of the pirates surrendered after they were surrounded, leaving just three holding the nine dhow crew.


Apart from denying the pirates food and water, security forces had brought the parents of the three pirates to the scene to persuade their sons to give up, Barre said.

“The remaining three pirates will be taken out by their parents in the coming hours. We shall rescue the nine crew soon and they will rejoin their two colleagues on the ship,” he said.

Two of the dhow crew were rescued on Monday after being left in a car that the pirates had to abandon after a chase.

The hijacking of the Al Kausar was part of a sudden string of attacks by Somali pirates after years without a reported incident.

Attacks peaked with 237 in 2012 but then declined steeply after ship owners improved security measures and international naval forces stepped up patrols.


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