Tuesday, 8 January 2008
MV Rozen, was reported hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia . An American warship was on its way to the scene, this morning, BBC News reported, adding that there were no immediate demands from the pirates, who boarded the ship armed with AK-47’s.
The ship had just delivered 1,800 tons of food aid in Puntland, a semi-autonomous region in northeastern Somalia, when the pirates attacked. It is unclear whether any of the crew were injured.
Somali pirates are becoming a well-known problem in the shipping corridors along east Africa — and Time reports that they now rival the armed gangs who plague the Malacca Straits and the South China Sea.
But the operator of the Rozen, Motaku Shipping of Mombasa, Kenya, has had a particularly rough time of it in recent years.