Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Somalia: 3 MV Faina pirates dead in Eid shootout?

It's unconfirmed, but wouldn't be surprising now, would it?

Disagreements between Somali pirates holding a ship laden with tanks and heavy weapons escalated into a shootout and three pirates are believed dead, a U.S. defense official said Tuesday. The pirates denied the report.

The official in Washington who reported the shootout spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the record. He refused to elaborate and said he had no way of confirming the deaths.

In other pirate news, the Malaysian tanker, the MT Bunga Melati Dua was released.