Somalia pirates hijack second ship in three weeks after years of inactivity

Somalia

Pirates have hijacked an Indian commercial ship off the coast of Somalia, less than three weeks after another ship was hijacked after years in inactivity by the pirates, industry and security sources said on Monday.

United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO), which coordinates the management of all merchant ships and yachts in the Gulf of Aden area, said it had received information that a dhow en route to Bosasso from Dubai had been hijacked “in the vicinity of Socotra (Island)”.

A spokesman said UKMTO was unable to confirm the location of the vessel, which he identified as Al Kausar, or what had taken place, and that investigations were ongoing.

“We understand Somali pirates hijacked a commercial Indian ship and (it is heading) towards Somalia shores,” Reuters reports Abdirizak Mohamed Dirir, a former director of the anti-piracy agency in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region, to say.

The vessel that was hijacked last month was an oil tanker, though the hijackers initially said they took control of it because it was cutting their fishing nets. This was the first such piracy incident in more than five years.