Somali Pirates Strike Again
They've reportedly hijacked first commercial ship since 2012
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 14, 2017 6:03 AM CDT
A masked and armed Somali pirate stands near a Taiwanese fishing vessel in 2012.   (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File)

(Newser) – Somali pirates have reportedly hijacked an oil tanker, marking the first such taking of a commercial ship since 2012. The Aris 13 reported being followed by two skiffs—including one carrying armed men—while carrying fuel from Djibouti to Mogadishu on Sunday, a rep for Oceans Beyond Piracy tells Fox News. It then issued a distress call Monday shortly before its tracking system was turned off, reports Reuters. A local official says pirates directed the ship toward the Somali port town of Alula where other pirates were waiting. The fate of its eight crew members is not known.

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