Somali gov't confiscates pirate ransom, arrests foreigners in Mogadishu airport

08:59, May 25, 2011      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

The Somali government security forces on Tuesday seized almost 3.5 million U.S. dollars and arrested a number of foreigners at Mogadishu airport as they tried to transfer the money meant to pirates in the centre of the country, an official said.

Two small planes carrying the money and foreigners of different nationalities landed at the main airport in the capital Mogadishu and the Somali security forces impounded the planes and the cash it carried detaining the crew and passengers on the aircraft, said a Somali security official who sought anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the incident.

It was not immediately clear where the planes came and what the nationalities of those arrested were but the authorities still remain tight-lipped on the raid.

However, reports say that the detained included some of American, British and Kenyan nationalities.

The Somali government has always been opposed to the paying of ransom payouts to local pirates who mostly operate in central and eastern parts of the war-ravaged country.

Somali government officials maintain that the millions of dollars given to pirates only fuel the menace and called on international community to help its forces deal with pirate problem on land.

Pirate gangs have been wrecking havoc on international shipping along the Indian Ocean on the Somali coast and the Gulf of Aden to the north of the country. The waterway is one of the most important routes for international commercial shipping.

Pirates have received millions of dollars in ransom payout to free hijacked ships that have often been seized in international waters off Somalia.

Dozens of ships and hundreds of hostages still remain in pirates' hands who demand hefty ransom payouts for their release. Ransom payouts have previously mainly been paid through middlemen and sometimes by helicopter dropping on the hijacked ships.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
Wen Jiabao attends trilateral leaders' meeting of China,Japan and ROK
 
The Third China-U.S.Strategic and Economic Dialogue
 
     
 
 
 
  Weekly review  
 
May 20   World Economic Forum China office marks fifth anniversary
 
May 18   China, Pakistan joined in bonds of brotherhood
May 20   'Central axis' of Beijing applies for world cultural heritage
May 20   In pictures: Int'l 'Financial Security' symposium opens in Beijing
May 21   The week in pictures
May 16   Beijing aims for massive influx of overseas talent in 2011
May 16   Singapore election coverage shows Western arrogance
May 16   Chinese naval helicopter conducts target practice in Gulf of Aden
May 17   Strategies for harmony between militaries of China, US
May 17   Pakistani Prime Minister hails China as true friend
 
     
 
 

(Editor:石希)

  • Do you have anything to say?

双语词典
dictionary

  
Special Coverage
  • 3rd Anniversary Of Wenchuan Earthquake
  • Third China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Chinese vice premier calls for better use of surveying, mapping data
  • Bolt to make season debut in Rome Golden Gala
  • China's Li Na reaches second round at French Open
  • Folk music singer Song Zuying releases new album
  • Tunisian cultural week kicks off in Tlemcen, Algeria
  • Three Gorges' new turbine generator starts to function
Hot Forum Dicussion