06 Feb '11, 1am

Somali pirates capture Chinese vessel off Yemen

SANAA - SOMALI pirates hijacked a Chinese commercial ship off Yemen's western port of Al-Hudaydah, Yemen's interior ministry said on Saturday. 'Somali pirates attacked a commercial Chinese ship named 'Tien Hau' while it was 11 nautical miles off Al-Tair island in Al-Hudaydah province,' the ministry said in a statement. The pirates 'managed to capture the ship' and steered it towards the Somali coast, it quoted Al-Hudaydah coastguards as saying. An investigation has been launched into the fate of the ship and its crew, the ministry added without elaborating. China's military attache to Yemen, quoted by China's Xinhua news agency, confirmed the hijacking. Heavily armed pirates using speedboats operate in the Gulf of Aden where they prey on ships, often holding vessels for weeks before releasing them for large ransoms paid by governments or ship-owners. -- AFP

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/World/Story/STIS...

Tweets

Somali pirates 'heading for Asia'

Somali pirates 'heading for Asia'

channelnewsasia.com 18 Feb '11, 12am

WASHINGTON: A US military commander warned Thursday that Somali pirates were skirting pressure by moving deeper into Asian...

Somali pirates hijack US yacht

Somali pirates hijack US yacht

channelnewsasia.com 19 Feb '11, 1am

NAIROBI: Somali pirates on Friday hijacked a yacht with four Americans on board in the Indian Ocean, a non-governmental or...

India detains 52 in pirate 'mothership' capture

India detains 52 in pirate 'mothership' capture

channelnewsasia.com 06 Feb '11, 4pm

MUMBAI : The Indian navy and coastguard captured a suspected pirate "mothership" and detained more than 50 people after a ...

Will the Somali pirates be tried in Korea?

Will the Somali pirates be tried in Korea?

channelnewsasia.com 23 Jan '11, 8am

SEOUL: Five Somali pirates captured by the South Korean navy during a mission to rescue a hijacked ship may be taken to So...

Somali pirates could face prosecution in Malays...

channelnewsasia.com 25 Jan '11, 7pm

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia and South Korea said Tuesday they intended to prosecute a total of 12 Somali pirates captured in tw...

Skipper tells of four-month Somali pirate 'hell...

straitstimes.com 11 Feb '11, 4pm

SEOUL - THE South Korean captain of a fishing trawler released this week by Somali pirates has described his months in cap...