Armed gang board cargo ship off Somalia, security firm says

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Twenty equipped group person boarded a cargo vessel disconnected nan seashore of Somalia and person taken power of it, a maritime information patient said connected Tuesday.

The alloy is nan latest to beryllium targeted pursuing a resurgence of attacks by Somali pirates successful caller months though nan maritime information firm, Ambrey, did not specify that it was Somali pirates who boarded nan ship.

Ambrey said nan vessel was a Bangladesh-flagged bulk bearer — a type of merchant vessel utilized to carrier ample amounts of cargo — that was heading from Mozambique to nan United Arab Emirates.

The incident happened astir 600 nautical miles eastbound of Somalia’s superior Mogadishu, it said.

The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) agency besides flagged nan boarding incident and advised vessels to transit pinch caution. UKMTO besides did not specify that it was Somali pirates who boarded nan ship.

Somali pirates caused chaos successful important world waterways from astir 2008 to 2018. They had been dormant until precocious past twelvemonth erstwhile pirate activity started to prime up again.

Data from nan Maritime Security Centre — Horn of Africa, nan readying and coordination centre for nan European Union’s anti-piracy cognition EUNAVFOR, show location person been much than 20 hijackings aliases attempted hijackings of vessels successful nan Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin since November.

Maritime sources opportunity pirates whitethorn beryllium encouraged by a relaxation of information aliases whitethorn beryllium taking advantage of nan chaos caused by attacks connected shipping by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group while warfare rages successful Gaza betwixt Israel and nan Palestinian militant group Hamas.

Ambrey said location were conflicting reports astir nan whereabouts of nan unit of nan boarded ship.