Pirates hijacked Ukrainian arms ship would be several million dollars ransom
Navy announced hijacked Ukrainian arms ship pictures.
China Network December 19, 2008 hearing, according to the U.S. Cable News Network reported that senior U.S. military official said the pirates hijacked Ukrainian arms ship would be in a few days to obtain millions of dollars in ransom.
military officials said the ransom cash will be handed over to “charge it” was on the pirates. Such transactions are common, because the lack of electronic banking in Somalia. Officials did not disclose the specific amount of ransom or who will pay the ransom, because the relevant information by individuals or companies to publish.
pirates since Sept. 25 have been detained by the Ukrainian cargo ship “charges that the” number and the ship’s 20 crew members, “charges that” was equipped with 33 Russian-made T-72 main battle tanks, grenade transmitter, a large number of ammunition and weapons parts. Ukrainian Defense Minister 耶哈努诺夫 said, “charges that” was then heading towards Kenya, the Kenya Government is that the arms buyers. The pirates originally sought $ 35 million ransom, but then the number will be reduced to $ 20 million ransom. Officials said the work would have to pay the ransom in a few weeks before, but the transaction did not succeed, carriers are still under the control of pirates. “Charges that” the captain in a few days after the hijacking incident, died of heart attack, his body was placed in a huge freezer.
U.S. Navy ships in the “charge it” was hijacked after the ship has been closely tracking only, the U.S. military personnel during this period with the pirates who had some contact, such as the physical condition of the crew to verify . The Pentagon has been very interested in this event from the hijacking, because it fears that large quantities of ammunition on board the vessel may be removed, the coast of Somalia into the activities of armed groups of the hand. U.S. Navy officials said the pirates to leave the “fee that the” number, the U.S. ships would “charge it” crew to provide medical assistance and food materials.
international community is increasingly on the coastal waters of East Africa is concerned about piracy, including the Saudi supertanker “Sirius”, including the number of vessels in the past few weeks, was hijacked by pirates. Navy ships several countries are currently patrolling the Gulf of Aden. (Xiao Xi)