Wednesday 3 September 2008


A vessel carrying an unspecified number of French tourists has been hijacked off the Somali coast, officials say.

The BBC reports that a delegation of officials from the semi-autonomous northern Somali region of Puntland has gone to Eyl port to investigate the report.

In April 2008, French commandos made six arrests in a helicopter raid against pirates after they freed a French yacht's crew.

The waters off the coast of Somalia have the highest rates of piracy in the world.

Somalia has been without a functioning central government for 17 years and has suffered from continual civil strife, some countries, but as far as I am aware, not Malaysia, continue do business there.

"It is from France but we don't know whether it is a yacht or cruise ship,"

"We don't have details but it seems there are some tourists on board."

Andrew Mwangura, head of the East Africa Seafarers' Assistance Programme, reportedly told Reuters news agency.

Diligite justitiam, O judices terrae

Cherish justice, O judges of the earth

Dimidium facti qui coepit habet

Half is done when the beginning is done.

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