Pirates seized two commercial ships and one yacht off the coast of Somalia Tuesday. Meanwhile, the UN Security Council voted a resolution authorising countries fighting piracy to carry out operations on Somalia's territory.
"I know that a yacht was taken on Tuesday night. There were two people on board but we have no other information on that case," Andrew Mwangura of the Kenyan-based East African Seafarers Assistance programme.
Pirates also hijacked an Indonesian tugboat used by French oil company Total off the coast of
A surge in hijackings in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean this year has earned Somali gunmen millions of dollars in ransoms, hiked shipping insurance costs and sent foreign navies rushing to patrol the busy shipping lanes off
More than a dozen ships and hundreds of crew are still being held in various pirate hideouts along the Somali coast.
Date created : 2008-12-17