Friday, December 19, 2008

Somali Pirates, continued

Somali pirates will receive a huge ransom for the ammunition-laden ship MV Faina that they captured in September. The ship's crew (including the body of the captain who died of a heart attack) has been held by the pirates since the hijack. The United States Navy has closely monitored the vessel, which contains a significant collection of weapons including tanks, artillery and small arms. The modern-day pirates have generally been successful in exacting ransoms.

(image: pirates guard the MV Faina, US Navy/Getty)