Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas in the Gulf of Aden

Merry Christmas from the pirates of Aden.

Earlier today, a German warship thwarted an attempt by Somali pirates to hijack an Egyptian vessel and its 31 crew members in the Gulf of Aden. The pirates had the ship surrounded and were firing upon it when the Germans came to its rescue. One crew member was injured during the assault.

An official with the International Maritime Bureau reports that Somali pirates have been busy this year. In 2008, at least 110 ships were attacked and 42 hijacked by the pirates. 14 are still being held for ransom. Yemen recently announced plans for a regional center to help coordinate international anti-piracy efforts.

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